Once again, we are speaking out for landowners who own a fair amount of taxable property.
Having libraries is a great thing for everyone, but if the proposed taxpayer-funded library district is approved, then the landowners will have to carry the tax load one more time.
Raising property taxes is unfair and lopsided. For instance, if the ballot measure is approved at 65 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation, a $300,000 homeowner would pay an additional $195 annually, a $95,000 homeowner will pay an additional $61.75 land a rancher or farmer with $1 million in valuation would pay $650.
If all three entities are using the libraries equally, then who is getting the short end of the stick?
It is more reasonable and fair to have the libraries be funded by fees paid by those who use them.
U.S. Forest Service charges permit and trail head fees to those who use the wilderness, and national parks charge a day or camping fee to fund the use and maintenance.
If the library district tax is’t approved, then the libraries will have to charge fees or cut back on some of their services. Fees may be lower than paying extra taxes.
If the district is approved, then farms and ranches will may have to cut back on their services or charge more for their operations because of the increase.
We can’t afford to keep relying on the increase of property taxes in this county to be the answer to funding every financial problem that arises.
Casey and Kim Tippett