Gilmanton library may shut down if it doesn’t get funding
If voters don’t approve the funding request this time, they probably won’t be asked again, said library association Treasurer Fred Buchholz.
This summer, the association announced it had raised enough money to keep its doors open at least until February, thanks to several fundraising events and several small and large private contributions from residents.
But each year after — until 2013 — residents at town meetings approved warrant articles for its yearly funding request of $45,000, which supports its yearly $70,500 budget.However, at the town’s first elections in the SB2 format earlier this year, voters defeated the library’s funding for 2013 by a vote of 401-322.Buchholz said SB2 was likely “the big wrinkle” that kept the library funding from passing in March.
Since last March, a library staffer has been comparing the town voting list to the library member list.
“We found that half of the library patrons who were registered to vote didn’t vote,” he said. “We needed to get an understanding of why this didn’t pass, and that appears to be it.”