Friends,

On Tuesday, Belmont made history and passed a debt exclusion for a new library building. After 20+ years of analysis and proposals, hard work and challenges, we voted to support for our library and commit to ensuring its future.

 Thank you!

 This could not have happened without you. With your generosity in establishing a $5 million building fund and your dedication and effort in the campaign, you are leaving a long-term legacy for our town. The library project will now enter the Design Development phase, and you will again have the opportunity to share your ideas and feedback as the design is refined. We look forward to participating with you.

 Thank you for believing in our library and our community.

The VOTE YES LIBRARY Team

Last week, the team of experts we hired to study our building confirmed that public spending (net private donations) will be nearly the same to either construct a new library building or attempt to repair the failing building.

 

LET’S GET OUR MONEY’S WORTH!

With a smart investment in a new building:

— We can eliminate severe overcrowding in the children’s room – no more kids excluded from library programs due to lack of space.

— (Finally) Every Belmont resident can come through the library’s front door, the elevator can fit a wheelchair, and every library resource is accessible to every patron.

— The library can accommodate the meeting space and programs that Belmont residents are asking for.

— We can leverage an unprecedented $5.3 million in private donations THAT CANNOT BE USED FOR REPAIRS.

— We avoid losing 25% of the usable space in the old library building due to legally required ADA reconfigurations.

UNLESS WE REPLACE THE BUILDING …
WE WILL LOSE OUR LIBRARY

OUR LIBRARY BUILDING IS ON THE BRINK OF FAILURE

Every week there are new, often serious, failures in our old library building – the list is long and growing. And the risk of fire, flood, and uninhabitable conditions is real.

REPAIRING THE BUILDING IS IMPOSSIBLE

The old building cannot be reasonably fixed due to the $30+M cost of the long list of failures, interdependencies, building codes, and statutory requirements. Even a single significant failure could trigger a chain of events that would cost nearly as much as a new building.

THE ONLY FISCALLY-RESPONSIBLE SOLUTION

The new library is a well-planned solution that secures the future of our library for the next 50-100 years … and leverages a record-breaking $5 million in private donations to help fund the project.

LOSING OUR LIBRARY WOULD BE DEVASTATING

Belmont residents would be BANNED from checking out books in other town libraries. How? Belmont would be de-certified if we have no library. When de-certification has happened in the past, area libraries have voted to stop loaning to residents of the de-certified town. In other words, Belmont residents would not be banned from checking out books from other libraries.

Our Library Needs You

A short video about the failing library building

See pictures of the new library design

Our new library asks voters to approve $23.23 per $100,000 of assessed valuation (not the Zillow estimate, which it typically much higher). This means $232 for a home assessed at $1 million. You can look up your assessed value on the Belmont Property Database (opens in a new window)