Library Ups Capital Improvement Amount

Contributed by APT Editors
Wednesday, 01 February 2006
The FY2007-2012 Capital Improvement Plan has been released. And, no surprise, the library once again has its hand in the till. Last year officials snuck in $300K in furnishings and fixtures for the library. This year the plan raises that amount to $350K.Emily Aronson of the Portsmouth Herald covered the Capital Improvement Plan meeting. Click here to read. Library Director Mary Ann List blames rising construction costs for the city’s inability to pay for furnishings out of the $7.9MM library bond. However, she had already placed $300K in the Capital Improvement plan last year. It was approved by the council in its April 4, 2005 vote on the Capital Improvement Plan, the same day the council approved raising the bond amount by $1MM. Remember when taxpayers approved a new library that would cost taxpayers $4MM? More than 100% over budget and still climbing… we will keep you posted.
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