Since my husband and I moved to Toledo Bend eleven years ago I have read The Index, but never before have I written a Letter to the Editor. I am doing so now in support of the library tax renewal which is on the Oct. 22 ballot. This tax renewal proposition will continue the services we have today…there is no new building, nor expansion of services or personnel.
Let’s face it, taxes just aren’t popular. However people are smart enough to pick and choose from those they support and those they think are excessive. This library tax renewal is bare bones and basic.
Think about how much it costs to buy a new hardback book these days—about $25.00 plus tax. How much does it cost for a family of four to eat in a fast food restaurant—$20.00 or more. For most of us, the tax renewal will cost the same $20.00 on our tax bill that we have always paid. You might be surprised to know that if your house is valued at less than $75,000, your tax burden does not increase one penny!
There are lots of good reasons to vote for this renewal tax for libraries and few, if any, reasons to vote against. If we don’t support our library at the polls, the main library and all of our branches will close in the very near future.
Thank you for your kind attention,