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Letter to the Editor

I have thought about the Port Washington Library budget vote in a variety of ways. I've listed the pros and cons. The bottom line, most important to me as a senior taxpayer, is what value am I receiving for the property taxes I pay?

This magnificent library not only continues to educate, inform and entertain my wife and me but, also, the community at large. Can anyone tell me where else I can receive so much value for so little payment? I know the total tax bills have risen for all of us, but if you scrutinize the numbers carefully, you'll probably find that less than 1/20th of the total is to fund the library.

As I have written in the past, is it worth this modest price to have over 700 programs annually, expanded computer technology, an up-to-date book collection, a great selection of videos and music CDs, books on tape, exciting art gallery exhibits, spectacular photography shows and diversified and interesting speakers? What would you pay for this entertainment, enlightenment and educational experience at other facilities on Long Island or in New York City? I am certain, many, many times more.

Your library is a valuable investment in yourself, your family and the community as a whole. Please come and support it with a YES vote on the Port Washington Library Budget vote on Tuesday, April 11 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.


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