5/11/2011 - Public Library Needs The Community's Help - And Response - Opinion - Chattanoogan.com
With the close of a 45 year agreement between the county and the city, city and county legislation in Chattanooga seem unable to make up their minds. Now the city is considering requiring the people of Chattanooga to pay a fee to use the public library which our inflated sales tax has been paying for for years. Now, I heard of this through a friend and had to look it up. Looking this up took quite a bit of time, and I still can't find the amount that the fee would be, because google seems to think I would rather search for FREE instead of FEE.
As to the issue, even if it were a once a year fee, we already have an overinflated sales tax which has for 45 years been going toward the library. Now, it seems, not only will we pay a high local sales tax, but now we have to pay a fee, both to pay for the library? It seems ridiculous.
I don't know much about how public libraries are run, but I do know this, Bradford County, FL has been running a very trim and efficient library system and the people don't have to pay. The same goes for Clay and Duval Counties. As a matter of fact, I have never lived in a place where the public library was not offered as a tax-funded service to the community. I want the opinion of the forum, so here's you a poll.