Proposed Library Tax

A proposed library tax could save the Smiths Grove branch and help it provide more services to Warren County residents .

In order to do that the city of Bowling Green would have to dissolve its library and board. If the second reading passes, the county public library would not be established until July of 2008.

The new tax would cost residents almost four-and-a-half cents per 100-dollars in property value. That's less than the five-cents city residents currently pay.

Library officials said if the tax goes through, it would bring in about $3-million dollars.

Paulina Dostert and her three children go to the Bowling Green Public Library's mobile branch at least once a week.

"It's just more convenient than going downtown to the main library. The library comes to you," Dostert said.

Paulina and her family can even request the books they want. However, she knows the library needs more funding.

"I'm willing to pay the library tax so we can have more books, more accessibility to our books," Dostert added.

Those with the library, like Tom Durbin, are hoping the proposed county tax would bring in additional funding to offset the budget cuts it felt earlier this year.

"We need money not only to expand our services, but to repair our vehicles and to do a lot of other things that require maintence," Durbin said.

He's been working in the mobile branch for the past 30-years.

"We have everybody from everywhere it seems like," Durbin explained.

Tom's watched many youngsters grow up over the years and he knows his clients so well he'll even make recommendations

"We know most of these people on a first name basis," he admitted.

As for Paulina, she wants the library to receive more funding so it can help more Warren County residents.

"No one likes taxes, but if we pay the taxes we have a better library and a strong library reflects a strong community," Dostert assured.

She hopes more funding will also provide more resources.

"I think I've checked out every book here. We need to swap and get some more and you can't do that without funding," Dostert said.

The additional revenue would also help the library get back to a full-staff and expand its home delivery branch.

The second reading for the library tax is at 10 a.m. on July 27, 2007, at the Warren County Courthouse.

If it's approved, the bills would go out in Oct. and Nov. of 2008.

To see where you can catch-up with the mobile branch, you can log onto "http://www.bgpl.org/"


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