Taney County Don't Have Public Library VOTEYES
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#1 Mar 18, 2013
Proponents of Library System Speak to Branson Board
March 16, 2013
Taney County Library District Board Chair Sarah Klinefelter addressed the Branson Board during Tuesdays City Council meeting about the proposed tax levy of 15-cents per 100-dollars of assessed valuation for library purposes.
She says if the levy passes the library will receive additional revenue through the Missouri State Library:
Klinefelter says the Library Board has plans to upgrade the two private libraries (Branson and Forsyth). They will offer 24-hour online public access to library's resources through online cataloging. They will also expanded and update the offerings of the current library including E-books.
Voters will decide on April 2nd 2013 General Municipal Election if the county needs a public library. Taney County is the only First Class County in Missouri without one.
Tax & Spend = Failed Promises Most taxpayers in Taney County have never taken the time to check up on the political subdivisions that collect taxes in this county. What really goes on at their board meetings? What happens when you request public records? How much do they spend on employees salaries? Do the boards actually follow the state law they were formed under? Unfortunately, most citizens cant answer these simple questions. On the other hand, there is a small group of citizens working hard to keep watch over how tax dollars are spent by the ever-growing list of political subdivisions in Taney County. How much is enough? Will the citizens of Taney County on April 2nd accept more of the same old rhetoric and live with more taxes, resulting in more failed promises from yet another political board? I believe there are some facts that taxpayers deserve to know about the individuals managing their tax dollars. These facts just start to tell the story of waste, and over taxation that the citizens of Taney County have experienced for years. The health department is funded through a 14¢ per $100 of assessed evaluation on property tax. They currently spend 1.5 million dollars a year on just the top 15 highest paid employees. They spend over 1.2 million dollars a year on the top 15 highest paid employees. The board also doesnt allow public comment at their monthly board meetings, and they attempt to restrict access to public records. The Taney County Ambulance District is funded from a sales tax collected in Taney County. Approximately 70% of their yearly budget consists of payroll and benefits. According to the director there isnt an ambulance station East of the Kissee Mills junction because quote,It just isnt profitable, yet those living in Eastern Taney County have paid the tax for years. The proposed Library District and its board continue to promise countless things to the voters, like a book delivery service, a coffee shop, public meeting space and computer access. These promises are part of the same similar rhetoric used by other groups who have proposed taxes in the past. I encourage more citizens to ask tough questions, attend board meetings, and request public records. Ask yourself one important question on April 2nd: Can the people of Taney County bear the burden of more taxes and failed promises?
I have asked boocoodles of my lake neighbors who incidentally voted for the OTC taxation,(OTC stands for Ozarks Technical College)how they planned to vote on the library tax issue on April 2,2013. Some said NAY,but most said YAY.Some Yankee friends of mine, who moved here from the Twin Cities section of Minnesota, said they were voting no. They said if they kept raising taxes in Taney County they were selling out and moving back to Cold Country,USA.I told him I was voting yes, he said Hmmm-ph! Well, GOD gave you that right. GOD needs to bless America one more time, if that is possible!
#2 Mar 18, 2013
Josh, I've looked at what you pay for county taxes. The library tax will cost you less than $20/yr.
#3 Mar 18, 2013
BTW - share your tips on how to get such low property assessments.
#4 Mar 21, 2013
Josh - you don't even own property in Taney County! What are you complaining about???? well, maybe a piece of junk car.... And you're running for school board.
#5 Apr 1, 2013
Don't has no more money. VOTENO
#6 Apr 2, 2013
Walter Cronkite said it best - 'Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.'
#7 Apr 4, 2013
This is so embarrassing for our county. I heard somebody say libraries were a luxury. I guess they haven't seen the people at Forsyth put down a $1 for 45 minutes of computer access because they don't own one.
#8 Apr 11, 2013
You said it, MOGolf! The vote is a reflection of the toothless, pro-wrestling fan base, the clueless self-interested public, and the greedy businessmen of Taney County. Judging from the outcome of the vote, about 60% of the public and local businessmen have no clue about how they directly benefit from the presence of the library in their community. Rest assured, this was just round one.
Our task now, is to educate the people of Taney County, and to move forward with our plans for expansion (to the degree that we are able) without the support of the people of Taney County!! Soon the people of Taney County will see that we are not going to make empty promises, and take their tax money without delivering on our promises. Round two will see a different outcome. In the meantime, the opposition had better come up with some better arguments against a public library in Taney County. The arguments that I've read against the library were really lame!!!
#9 Apr 11, 2013
"The proposed Library District and its board continue to promise countless things to the voters, like a book delivery service, a coffee shop, public meeting space and computer access. These promises are part of the same similar rhetoric used by other groups who have proposed taxes in the past. Ask yourself one important question on April 2nd: Can the people of Taney County bear the burden of more taxes and failed promises?"
The Taneyhills Community Library is a privately funded, non-profit organization that is not affiliated, or associated with either the Health Department, or the Ambulance District of Taney County in any way. Taneyhills Community Library is currently finances by private donations, and revenue generated by the library thrift shop and bookstore, and staffed by volunteers. Taneyhills Community Library is providing the best service that we are currently capable of providing to the people of Taney County on a shoestring budget. If the library had more resources, we would be able to offer more services, and do more for the people of Taney County. Yes, even in the outlying areas of the county!
"I encourage more citizens to ask tough questions, attend board meetings, and request public records."
If you want to get laughed out of the library, then come to a library board meeting demanding "public records." The people of Taney County DID NOT vote to pass the library tax. So, that means that Taneyhills Community Library is STILL a privately funded, non-profit organization. That means that the people of Taney County have no right to demand anything in the way of records from the library-- because you passed up that opportunity! Let me know when you're coming, so that I can record that golden moment for YouTube.
#10 Apr 11, 2013
At present, roughly 60% of the people in Taney County have lost one I.Q. point for every dollar they "saved" on taxes. The true result of the vote is that we're left with a county that is 60% ignorant.
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