If the proposed $9.5 million bond for a new Meridian Library passes, it could be a benefit for Boiseans as well.
Just take your Boise library card to Meridian and use it free in a great facility paid for by the Meridian Library District Patrons–thanks to an agreement already in place.
A well organized “consortium” which includes most of the libraries in the southwest corner of the state allows patrons of one district to use their cards in another district and even return a book to a third district.
Thanks to on-line requests and a cooperative program, people in Meridian can borrow books from Boise or even Twin Falls and vice versa.
The GUARDIAN has proposed several times that a countywide library district would be an effective way of providing library services since all of us who live in Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Star, Garden City, and Kuna also live in Ada County.
We say pool the resources–and the debt–and build a unified system. Unfortunately political reality sets in and there is no support among the politicos.
Boise voters turned down a $38 million bond proposal in February and Mayor Bieter seemed to offer some vindication for that vote when he declared that it was an outdated idea from the previous administration. He floated ideas of offering sites in strip malls and said by selling surplus public land they could fund new branches.
Since then BoDo developer Mark Rivers has been trying to get involved with murky plans that would end up with him owning city land and developing it in exchange for a library that would still have to be bought with tax money.
Meanwhile, encourage the folks in Meridian to build a library south of the freeway so we can all enjoy it at their expense.
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