BG Library Board May Close Smiths Grove Branch

The Bowling Green public library board voted unanimously to close the Smiths Grove branch September first, unless the fiscal court comes up with a permanent funding solution.

Jim Johnson, president of the library board says, "What we'd like to see happen is a library tax, much like the soil conservation tax they just did. And it would be a very small amount. It'd only amount to 1/2 of 1% on a $100,000 home. With a homestead exemption, that would probably be about $40-a-year, less than $4.00-a-month."

The board is also moving the Sugar Maple branch to where The Iron Skillet restaurant used to be in Greenwood.

Board members say they loan out $500,000 books, rent a-quarter-of-a-million videos, and take a quarter-of-a-million on-line requests each year. And they say most of their patrons live outside Bowling Green's city limits.

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