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Existing Library Levy Inadequate

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Posted: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 6:32 pm

To The Editor:

After existing on a 10-cent levy per $100 assessed valuation for 55 years, the Franklin County Library District (Scenic Regional Library) is seeking a tax increase.

It is hard to imagine a more efficient return on tax dollars than your local public library. This institution is freely available to all citizens regardless of age and circumstance and truly has something for everyone.

People only have to check out a couple of books, attend a program or two, access an online database or download a couple of ebooks to more than cover their investment.

Maybe you belong to a group that has used the free meeting room facilities at the library. Perhaps your child has been encouraged in reading by story times and summer reading programs. Maybe you have researched your family tree.

The list of possible benefits goes on and on. The library usage statistics for 2013 are staggering — 498,535 items circulated, 276,644 visits to libraries and 148,812 searches on library databases.

That the Scenic Regional Library has operated on the same tax levy for 55 years is an incredible feat. However, the 10-cent tax levy of 1959 has become increasingly inadequate as the demands on the library have steadily increased. To provide 21st century library service for our area, funding must be improved.

For that reason vote yes on April 8 to increase the Frankly County Library District (Scenic Regional Library) tax levy.

/opinion