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Support Measure C, for Truckee

Inevitably, every election year the same debate replays, usually centering on the fundamental tension: quality of life vs. taxpayer cost.

Voters purportedly read up on the ballot measures and initiatives and decide whether funding something is worth the potential improvement in quality of life. Sometimes ballot measures seek to take money away, giving voters a similar choice: Is the reduction in cost worth the potential loss of quality of life.

Simple economics.

Truckee is the type of place where quality of life is of fundamental importance to the people who live here, and have improved parks, services, the hospital and the schools over the years.

One of the best indicators of quality of life in a community as small as ours is the quality of the public library.

Next month county voters will be asked to renew funding for the library, funding that comes from a small portion (one-eight of a cent) of local sales tax. The answer to the cost vs. benefit debate and the measure’s worthiness is a resounding YES!

Keeping the library open those extra hours and well staffed with up-to-date technology is something that benefits everyone, and makes Truckee a better place to live. Although it is a shame that the money comes from sales tax and not the library users themselves (we subscribe to the ‘pay for what you use’ philosophy), the cause is worthwhile and should ensure a greater level of service for at least the next 15 years.

Libraries are some of the best investments a community can make.

Quality of life vs. cost: Simple economics