Build the Library Already
Sheesh! Now we hear the new Crozet library will cost $9.6 million to build. Two years ago, it could have been done for $6.9 million, according to the architect’s estimate. As the recession—the time of depressed construction costs—rolls merrily along, we just dropped another $2.7 million on the library by waiting around. That’s $1.35 million a year in procrastination expense. At this rate it will never happen because it will always keep ahead of our ability to pay for it. Are we going to wait for the inflation that’s coming thanks to federal stimulus spending (where did all the “shovel-ready” money go after all?) before we sign a construction contract?
When Tom Perriello was in office he found a way to get a federal rural development loan at 4 percent to pay for the library (at the lower cost) but the county wouldn’t take the deal.
The government exists to provide service to the citizens, not employment to its workers. If it can’t provide the services, why does it need the workers? How many salaries does it take to make the payments on the library construction loan? This shouldn’t take more than a few pencil scratches to figure out. How many jobs are created by the project and subsequent business expansion in Crozet?
Nobody is more skeptical of government’s management of its money—our money—than the Gazette. But the time to act is now.
Let’s remember the history of government projects in Crozet: Jarmans Gap Road was supposed to be finished in 1998. The Crozet Avenue project was supposed to be done by 2008. The library was supposed to open this year. Time equals money and both are being wasted. The supervisors should take a loan and make the cold hard budget choices they ask to be elected to make. Build the library already. Sheesh.