Petition Could Spell Doom for Pulaski Libraries

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Updated: 11/26/2012 11:33 pm
      A group in Pulaski County wants to change how taxes for local libraries are determined, but some say it could end up forcing the county libraries to close.

  Right now, a library board has the power to raise taxes without having to answer to any other government body.

   That been the case since the 1960's.  

    In September, the board raised taxes by point one percent.

   Now a petition drive is underway to make the library board answer to the fiscal court.

    The new 10 million dollar library in downtown Somerset is still being paid off.

    The library director is concerned that if the system is changed then the libraries would have to close and sell their assets until the debt is paid.

     Library officials say they can't imagine a community with no library, while those petitioning say they don't believe it will come to that.

     The petition needs 65-hundred signatures in order to change the taxing process.

     Organizers have until December 11th to get those signatures.
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Craig - 11/27/2012 4:47 PM
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The library board is not appointed by the Fiscal Court.

TrudyB - 11/27/2012 8:34 AM
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The tax rate was raised from .0063% to .0064%; that is not "1%" as the story indicates. In addition, library boards are not able to raise tax rates to whatever level they like, at least not the one in Pulaski Co. The board sends their budget to fiscal court, which then squeals but accepts the budget. The board members are also appointed by fiscal court. It is done this way to keep politics out of the library. The last thing we need is a government entity deciding what materials are appropriate for purchase. A poorly researched story is worse than no story at all.
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