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Coolidge library would benefit from tax increase September 6, 2011

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County considers small library tax rate change

By Candace S. Hughes

Editor, Pinal Ways

Please note: Historic photos of the Coolidge Library are in the summer issue of Pinal Ways available at The Coolidge Examiner for $1.50.

The Coolidge Public Library will receive an additional $8,500 in books from Pinal County if the Board of Supervisors approves a 2 cent change in the county tax rate at its meeting Wed., Aug. 15.

The proposed library tax rate increase from .057 to .077 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation will be voted on during a meeting at 9:30 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, Administration Building A, 31 N. Pinal St., Florence.

If approved, the change could raise as much as $450,000 and Coolidge’s amount will grow from $11,500 to $20,000. The Coolidge library has eight employees and its overall budget for the 2005-06 year, the latest available, was $275,000.

There will be no increase in taxes due to the change, if it is approved as part of the special library district, said Denise Keller, county library district director.

The 2006-2007 county library district budget would increase from $783,000 to $1.2 million with the money to be used for books, Internet and database services, self-check machines and replacement of computers, furniture and copiers, according to documents provided to the county Board of Supervisors in a study meeting June 27.

The presentation also included information that $230,000 would be used to improve technological access to library patrons in rural communities and $228,000 to improve customer service

Library taxes are part of a special district or secondary tax rate and, if approved, the small increase for library services would not increase the overall tax rate for homeowners and businesses, said Keller.

The library tax rate has not increased during her nine-year tenure and she did not know when the last library tax rate change had been made.

For a house assessed at $150,000, the taxpayer currently pays about $8 yearly for the library district, and that would increase to about $11, however because the overall tax rate is going down Pinal County homeowners won’t be paying any additional fees for libraries.

County considers small library tax rate change

By Candace S. Hughes

Editor, Pinal Ways

Please note: Historic photos of the Coolidge Library are in the summer issue of Pinal Ways available at The Coolidge Examiner for $1.50.

The Coolidge Public Library will receive an additional $8,500 in books from Pinal County if the Board of Supervisors approves a 2 cent change in the county tax rate at its meeting Wed., Aug. 15.

The proposed library tax rate increase from .057 to .077 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation will be voted on during a meeting at 9:30 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, Administration Building A, 31 N. Pinal St., Florence.

If approved, the change could raise as much as $450,000 and Coolidge’s amount will grow from $11,500 to $20,000. The Coolidge library has eight employees and its overall budget for the 2005-06 year, the latest available, was $275,000.

There will be no increase in taxes due to the change, if it is approved as part of the special library district, said Denise Keller, county library district director.

The 2006-2007 county library district budget would increase from $783,000 to $1.2 million with the money to be used for books, Internet and database services, self-check machines and replacement of computers, furniture and copiers, according to documents provided to the county Board of Supervisors in a study meeting June 27.

The presentation also included information that $230,000 would be used to improve technological access to library patrons in rural communities and $228,000 to improve customer service

Library taxes are part of a special district or secondary tax rate and, if approved, the small increase for library services would not increase the overall tax rate for homeowners and businesses, said Keller.

The library tax rate has not increased during her nine-year tenure and she did not know when the last library tax rate change had been made.

For a house assessed at $150,000, the taxpayer currently pays about $8 yearly for the library district, and that would increase to about $11, however because the overall tax rate is going down Pinal County homeowners won’t be paying any additional fees for libraries.

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