Public library operates well, deserves community support

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To the editor:
I think our library, and the other libraries in Kentucky, do an outstanding job.
Joining with other libraries in the area, we have access to most any information we may need. And, the price is very low.
Perhaps you disagree with the method of taxation, with the amount, and certainly with retention of reserves. But the library does operate well, serves a need in the community and deserves our support. I hope you visit the library often to observe the operation and the number of patrons served.
I’m not on the board, just a patron with the following opinions.
The ruling of Judge Ward in Campbell County concerning the method of increasing the library funding tax rate (.30 in 1978) may well be a correct one. That, depending on the legal niceties of whether later laws passed (taxing districts) could or should apply to rules of rate change.
Perhaps, if not legal, the law may need to be changed to make it legal. What cannot be changed is that a loaf of bread costing 30 cents in 1978 costs 41 today.
Without change, a question might be asked about the practicality of having a petition every time there is an inflationary change in the buying power of a dollar. That could be a costly event.
Intelligent citizens approved a level of support, adequate at that time. Whatever the legal method, they would still probably approve a comparative level. Most realize that a library is a cultural oasis in what might otherwise be a dry gulch.
As to usage, many public facilities are not used by most citizens to include parks, libraries, golf courses, skate parks, playgrounds, ball fields, some public health services, resource center, senior center and even schools. Some use many, while some watch TV and I’d guess pay a lot more to do so. Even those who don’t participate want these public amenities available for their children and for those who do use them.
Finally, few want to live in a community without them. Many business entities would not locate where such facilities are not available.
Locally, if our library were forced to abide at the 25-cent level approved in the ‘60s, it would more closely relate to a funding level that equaled a slice of bread. In maintenance of a reserve, a library, just as in any other activity to include a family or business, has need to maintain one. Unforeseen events can require this.
Further, improvements and changes in programs often require additional funds. And, reserves might be invested in the meantime to help with financing.
Duayne Thompson