To the Editor:
The town of Shrewsbury will be voting to initiate a library construction project that has generated a significant amount of discussion relative to the merits of the proposal. There exist two statistical facts that would motivate a voter to be opposed to this project. The first of these is that the size of this proposed library is seven percent smaller than the proposed building in 2011; however, there exists a 27 percent increase in the cost. The 2011 proposed building had a cost per square foot of $446, while the 2013 proposal has a cost per square foot of $604. This represents a 35 percent increase in cost per square foot.
It is most clear that the economic posture of our community, state, and nation is not strong. Many people do not have employment that would allow them to absorb an increase in their real estate tax liability and remain fiscally stable and secure. The anticipated projects of renovating the Beal School and Police Station will require additional funds which will increase the real estate tax liability of all homeowners.
It is most apparent that the financial status and stability of all Shrewsbury citizens was not a consideration in the formulation of this project. It is my hope and recommendation that the voters of Shrewsbury will vote no and defeat the implementation of this project.
Charles Garabedian, Ph.D