Letters to the Editor

Library taxes

November 3, 2010


To the editor:

As a retired employee of the Lawrence Public Library, I have been following all reports of the library expansion with much interest. The report in the Sunday, Oct. 31, issue of the Journal-World left me concerned about the answer to the question concerning taxpayers throughout the county not funding the library, but yet getting free use of the Lawrence Public Library. The answer implied that county residents do not pay library taxes.

As a former governor’s appointee and former board member of the North East Kansas Library System, be assured that Douglas County residents outside of Lawrence do indeed pay library taxes. Our taxes go to the NEKL System, which supports all libraries in northeast Kansas except the Topeka-Shawnee County Library. This support certainly does include the Lawrence Public Library. Support services to these libraries include grants, technical aid, interlibrary loan, educational services and much, much more.

It would take a vote of all Douglas County residents to become a countywide library system, much like the Topeka-Shawnee County Library. This would mean that the Lawrence Public Library would no longer receive the services of NEKL. By the way, the NEKL office is on Sixth Street in Lawrence, and residents outside of Lawrence did not vote in the library expansion referendum.

Carole Mitchell,



barlowtl 7 years, 6 months ago

Carole, glad to see you were volunteering even after retirement. Something about working in a library gets in your blood. All this back & forth about a library remodel brings back memories of when the present building was built. History does repeat itself. I am surprised they managed this long making do with that inadequate building, but library staff can be very creative in operating on a shoestring.

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 7 years, 6 months ago

Since we are apparently paying taxes to benefit all libraries in NE Kansas, will these taxes go up since the fools in Lawrence voted to go in the hole in the middle of high joblessness and recession to the tune of some 18 million dollars? Thank you, Lynn

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