Scottsville Library $$$$$

Scottsville Library $$$$$

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LibrarySuckingUs Dry

Red Boiling Springs, TN

#1 Mar 26, 2013
The Scottsville library has over a million dollars of our money in the bank and suck over 800K a year from Allen County residents in the form of taxes. WTF do they need that much money for?? Why?!?
Just something to think about the next time you pay your car taxes.

“Is who I am”

Since: Aug 08

Scottsville

#2 Mar 27, 2013
We've paid taxes for worse things.
Patriot Dad

Orrville, OH

#3 Mar 27, 2013
RoamingInsomniac wrote:
We've paid taxes for worse things.
I agree. We have a very nice library here. We should be proud of it. Sounds like someone maybe got their library card revoked and is now mad.

Since: Mar 13

Morgantown, KY

#4 Mar 27, 2013
I'd be more pissed about our police filing fraudulent reports.

Since: Jun 12

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#5 Mar 27, 2013
Patriot Dad wrote:
<quoted text>I agree. We have a very nice library here. We should be proud of it. Sounds like someone maybe got their library card revoked and is now mad.
This is a great social debate. Does the ends justify the means. What percentage of the town utilizes the library? Now before you say it--I am a book whore. I call Barnes & Noble my crack house. I am also an advocate for the arts but straight up economics is this is a wise use of government spending.
Patriot Dad

Campbellsville, KY

#6 Mar 27, 2013
Are there any private libraries? I believe Ben Franklin had something to do with the first public library in America. I am not sure how many people use it but it is valuable to those who do. Would the poor be able to get literature if not for the public library? Not everyone can afford Barnes and Noble. What would happen if people had no access to books? FYI I have a card but seldom go to the library.

Good question Miss E Font.

Since: Jun 12

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#7 Mar 27, 2013
Patriot Dad wrote:
Are there any private libraries? I believe Ben Franklin had something to do with the first public library in America. I am not sure how many people use it but it is valuable to those who do. Would the poor be able to get literature if not for the public library? Not everyone can afford Barnes and Noble. What would happen if people had no access to books? FYI I have a card but seldom go to the library.

Good question Miss E Font.
I agree with your argument but question what percentage use the library (not counting for free Internet )
I love the tactual aspect of reading a book. The smell, the weighted feel in the hands but I have slowly moved to E books to accommodate my eyes, business of life-- bookstores themselves are going the way of the video store and the Kodak developing shacks. It doesn't matter if I like this trend-- economic supply and demand.
Would the same thing as the Redbox for DVD's work? A collection of books that can be rented and returned to Kiosks? By eliminating the overhead of the building that money could be routed elsewhere. More bookmobiles delivering books to the people who can't get out to the library. With Internet in 87% of homes whether by computer or smart phones what percentage of the reading community doesn't have access to free books online-- it has to be small.

Since: Jun 12

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#8 Mar 27, 2013
Just had an idea-- what if all the library books were equally divided among the public schools in that area and the libraries at the school were opened on the weekend to accommodate the clientele of the library. The savings would be astounding! Just a random thought
Patriot Dad

Campbellsville, KY

#9 Mar 27, 2013
Very interesting idea. Why do we need both buildings? I like the way you think Miss E.

Since: Jun 12

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#10 Mar 27, 2013
Patriot Dad wrote:
Very interesting idea. Why do we need both buildings? I like the way you think Miss E.
I think we get stuck in thinking historically when it comes to government funded items .
Maybe

Carthage, TN

#11 Mar 27, 2013
It may look like a good library because it's new, but it hardly has any books in it. I am not from this area but moved in so this honestly the only library in this area i've been in, but it was really sad to see such a tiny selection.
Nobodyudno

Elizabethtown, KY

#12 Mar 27, 2013
I'd say a lot of the funding goes to pay the staff.

Since: Jun 12

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#13 Mar 27, 2013
I wonder what percentage of our population uses libraries in rural areas---less that 5% I would guess
Patriot Dad

Campbellsville, KY

#14 Mar 27, 2013
What is the role of government when it comes to maintaing a library? Is there a free market solution?
Patriot Dad

Campbellsville, KY

#15 Mar 27, 2013
I am not sure how much I pay but I have decided it is worth it. If I need the library I am glad it is there. 800 k is small potatoes when you think about it. Salaries, books, utilities all add up quick. As long as the money isn't wasted, I think funding the libraries across the country is a good use of tax dollars.

Since: Jun 12

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#16 Mar 27, 2013
Patriot Dad wrote:
What is the role of government when it comes to maintaing a library? Is there a free market solution?
Problem is it's not going to be profitable enough to attract a corporate solution but rethinking it into a solution without so much overhead(like the combining with the school libraries).
I think creativity to solve two problems--- we know the brick and mortar bookstores are suffering what if they had a tax break and provided a portion of their bookstores as a library.
I know in most counties the library building are very nice! Why? Our downtown areas sit empty with storefront after storefront sits empty.
these are just random thoughts i am sure with structured brainstorming good solutions could be found.i

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Since: Mar 13

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#17 Mar 28, 2013
Patriot Dad wrote:
I am not sure how much I pay but I have decided it is worth it. If I need the library I am glad it is there. 800 k is small potatoes when you think about it. Salaries, books, utilities all add up quick. As long as the money isn't wasted, I think funding the libraries across the country is a good use of tax dollars.
I did a lil research, library budget is around 275 thousand a year. Why are they getting 800k?

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#18 Mar 28, 2013
Smokey2 wrote:
<quoted text>I did a lil research, library budget is around 275 thousand a year. Why are they getting 800k?
Good question
Patriot Dad

Campbellsville, KY

#19 Mar 28, 2013
LibrarySuckingUsDry wrote:
The Scottsville library has over a million dollars of our money in the bank and suck over 800K a year from Allen County residents in the form of taxes. WTF do they need that much money for?? Why?!?
Just something to think about the next time you pay your car taxes.
What is the source of this info? Is this published somewhere?

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