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Library lawsuit moving forward, donations sought

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By The Staff

The lawsuit threatened two weeks ago against the Anderson Public Library has yet to be filed, but those suing say they still plan to do so.
“We’re in the developing stages and getting our briefs together,” said Harold Todd, one of those involved. “We still have some legwork to do, but we are still moving forward.”
The lawsuit is expected to mirror one filed in Campbell County, where a circuit court judge earlier this year found in favor of a group of taxpayers suing over the way the library’s board of trustees has set rates for the past several decades.
The judge ordered the library to slash its tax rate from 77 cents per $1,000 assessed value to 30 cents because it did not follow the statute by which libraries can increase tax rates.
That judge’s ruling was strengthened when a judge in Kenton County ruled the same way last month, according to a report on www.cincinnati.com.
Neither judge has ruled on refunds of improperly collected tax dollars asked for in the lawsuits.
Both rulings are expected to be appealed.
Todd’s group says the library here has also not properly raised property taxes, and is expected to seek a ruling that would cut this library’s rate from 86 cents to its 1967 rate of 25 cents.
Todd said an account called the Taxpayer Fairness Fund has been established at Farmers Bank for those wishing to contribute to legal expenses.
Donations can also be made by calling Todd at 502-472-3657 or Brad Smith at 502-680-0999.