library tax in mercer county

library tax in mercer county

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POPOFF

Harrodsburg, KY

#1 Oct 1, 2012
Got my property tax bill in the mail Saturday. I believe in public libraries, but I am shocked to find that the property tax rate and of course the tax bill is higher for the library than it is for the Mercer County government. That is the government that protects us, builds roads, etc. That does not make sense. How did this happen? Equally disturbing is the fact that as our houses are becoming less valuable the tax on them keeps increasing.
Me Too

Harrodsburg, KY

#2 Oct 1, 2012
I did not believe this post. I got my tax bill and YES it is true. We the tax payers of Mercer County are paying more to the local library than we are paying to the County of Mercer. You don't believe me? Get your tax bill and take a look! I guess that it takes a lot of money to keep up a block long library. Every community needs a library but do we need one that costs us more in taxes than we pay for all of our county services?
swing state

Richmond, KY

#3 Oct 1, 2012
For property tax, the libraries' rate is higher than the county rate. However, the county generates taxes through the payroll tax and the net profits tax. They receive significantly more money through those avenues. The library tax is inapplicable to your income and profits.

I'm fine with the library tax. I use it and its well worth the money. The school tax, at almost 2/3rds of your total bill, should be quicker to draw your ire.
Digger

Sweden

#4 Oct 1, 2012
Me Too wrote:
I did not believe this post. I got my tax bill and YES it is true. We the tax payers of Mercer County are paying more to the local library than we are paying to the County of Mercer. You don't believe me? Get your tax bill and take a look! I guess that it takes a lot of money to keep up a block long library. Every community needs a library but do we need one that costs us more in taxes than we pay for all of our county services?
Are you suggesting that they raise the other taxes so that they are higher than the library tax? I'm not understanding your argument.
Deputy Dog

Orange, VA

#5 Oct 1, 2012
Digger wrote:
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Are you suggesting that they raise the other taxes so that they are higher than the library tax? I'm not understanding your argument.
I did not read it that way. Maybe you should read it again!
MrsDoubtfire

United States

#6 Oct 1, 2012
The library tax is a ripoff. Your money is going to pay for a giant building that nobody uses for the most part. Take a look thru the windows at the offices in the back that the public doesnt get to see. By the way do you think it is fair for an unelected board to get to set a tax rate? It doesnt really matter though because very few care about where their tax dollars go. Just another waste of tax dollars. Way to go concerned American taxpayers.
Digger

Lexington, KY

#7 Oct 1, 2012
MrsDoubtfire wrote:
The library tax is a ripoff. Your money is going to pay for a giant building that nobody uses for the most part. Take a look thru the windows at the offices in the back that the public doesnt get to see. By the way do you think it is fair for an unelected board to get to set a tax rate? It doesnt really matter though because very few care about where their tax dollars go. Just another waste of tax dollars. Way to go concerned American taxpayers.
You do realize that the library tax did not increase when the new library was built... don't you? And because YOU don't use it doesn't mean that other people don't. It's there for your use. Perhaps you should go in and find out what services the library offers.
haha

Versailles, KY

#8 Oct 1, 2012
one more damn city government ripe off ppl do you really think it all goes to the library hell ppl every dick head in the city hall gets a pcs off the action to pocket it for themself yu bet your damn as- it want be use for what it was collected for it all pocket money for the scumbag .
the truth

United States

#9 Oct 1, 2012
haha wrote:
one more damn city government ripe off ppl do you really think it all goes to the library hell ppl every dick head in the city hall gets a pcs off the action to pocket it for themself yu bet your damn as- it want be use for what it was collected for it all pocket money for the scumbag .
really your stupid
Blue Eyes

Winchester, KY

#10 Oct 1, 2012
haha wrote:
one more damn city government ripe off ppl do you really think it all goes to the library hell ppl every dick head in the city hall gets a pcs off the action to pocket it for themself yu bet your damn as- it want be use for what it was collected for it all pocket money for the scumbag .
Do you really believe that property tax revenue is "pocket money" for city employees? If so, all I can say is wow.
Rooster

Kent, OH

#11 Oct 3, 2012
I find it appalling that the library has 13 employees.
bookworm

Richmond, KY

#12 Oct 3, 2012
Rooster wrote:
I find it appalling that the library has 13 employees.
http://www.mcplib.info/MCPLHours.html

So how many employees does it take to run a building that serves the public and is open for business 62 hours a week? Plus shelving and after hours work?
Digger

Sweden

#13 Oct 3, 2012
bookworm wrote:
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http://www.mcplib.info/MCPLHours.html
So how many employees does it take to run a building that serves the public and is open for business 62 hours a week? Plus shelving and after hours work?
They envision a little 15'x15' library with three patrons at a time and one kindly old lady sitting behind a desk to make sure no one talks too loud.

They would be the same one bitching that "it takes forever to get someone to wait on you" if the staff was cut.
Nutz

Harrodsburg, KY

#14 Oct 3, 2012
Digger wrote:
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They envision a little 15'x15' library with three patrons at a time and one kindly old lady sitting behind a desk to make sure no one talks too loud.
They would be the same one bitching that "it takes forever to get someone to wait on you" if the staff was cut.
Do we need one quite so large though?

Lexington has 6 buildings to serve 250K-300K residents. The MC building is larger than 3 of those in Lexington.

I'm all for a nice, state of the art library. Just curious where all the money goes. Do they really need to collect that much?
Digger

Sweden

#15 Oct 3, 2012
Nutz wrote:
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Do we need one quite so large though?
Lexington has 6 buildings to serve 250K-300K residents. The MC building is larger than 3 of those in Lexington.
I'm all for a nice, state of the art library. Just curious where all the money goes. Do they really need to collect that much?
Perhaps you should go to the library and ask Robin Ison to give you a financial report. They are public record. As for the size, it might be another 100 years before a new library building is needed. It makes more sense to build one every 100 years rather than one every 20 especially if you can get it at a good price in the present.
Digger

Sweden

#16 Oct 3, 2012
Honestly I can't think of any use of taxes that more directly benefits the average citizen than the library tax.

Try going to the city garage and ask to borrow one of their trucks. Go down to the police department and ask to borrow a gun. Go to the courthouse and ask if you can use one of the courtrooms to host your next meeting. Head over to the school and see if you can borrow their computer while yours is down.
workerant

Richmond, KY

#17 Oct 3, 2012
Nutz wrote:
<quoted text>Do we need one quite so large though?

Lexington has 6 buildings to serve 250K-300K residents. The MC building is larger than 3 of those in Lexington.

I'm all for a nice, state of the art library. Just curious where all the money goes. Do they really need to collect that much?
Wouldn't this have been the question to ask 4 years ago before the building started? The library had public meetings well in advance of what they did. Do you attend and advocate for a smaller structure?

I didn't think so.
Nutz

Harrodsburg, KY

#18 Oct 3, 2012
workerant wrote:
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Wouldn't this have been the question to ask 4 years ago before the building started? The library had public meetings well in advance of what they did. Do you attend and advocate for a smaller structure?
I didn't think so.
It's called a rhetorical question. Ever hear of such?
Nutz

Harrodsburg, KY

#19 Oct 3, 2012
Digger wrote:
Honestly I can't think of any use of taxes that more directly benefits the average citizen than the library tax.
Try going to the city garage and ask to borrow one of their trucks. Go down to the police department and ask to borrow a gun. Go to the courthouse and ask if you can use one of the courtrooms to host your next meeting. Head over to the school and see if you can borrow their computer while yours is down.
I can. The Health Dept. It's tax is much lower than the library. Makes a lot of sense (note sarcasm workerant).
Digger

Sweden

#20 Oct 3, 2012
Nutz wrote:
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I can. The Health Dept. It's tax is much lower than the library. Makes a lot of sense (note sarcasm workerant).
What services does the health department offer the average citizen? I know that they inspect restaurants and pools, but what else? What could I go in and have done there?

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