I was at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Monday, Aug. 4, and I spoke regarding the library tax levy.
The only person who spoke about wanting to raise the tax levy for the library district was Norty Turchen, who is running for District 1 supervisor. He also had his facts wrong about the Dolan Springs community library in saying that is was run entirely by volunteers.
That was not true. We have a wonderful co-ordinator who runs the whole show. She does have volunteers who help her though.
Dolan Springs got a bigger library about four years ago, and we are enjoying it immensely. It is very often full to its rafters, and people are standing in line to use the five computers that are available.
I urged the supervisors to keep the library tax levy the same (.3236 cents per $100 valuation). It has been the same since 2000. Before then, the rate was .2986 cents per $100 valuation.
Since the raise, the library has been able to pay off the debt assumed for the new Lake Havasu City branch library, pay for two bookmobiles, add staff positions for youth services for the community libraries and also upgrade the community library co-ordinators to regular from temporary designations. Needed emergency repairs were made to roofs and air conditioning units for the Lake Havasu and Kingman branches and the Dolan Springs and Golden Valley community libraries.
It has been possible to accumulate and carry over funds that have now been earmarked for the much needed major expansion of the Bullhead City branch library. By next year, there should be just about enough money so that the district won't have to go into debt for that project.
Other libraries are bursting at their seams also since the county has grown 24.5 percent from 2000 to 2006; and the people are still pouring into the county.
Lowering the library district tax levy would not only hinder the library district's ability to effectively conduct business, as it currently does, but it would also be a great detriment to the county as a whole. The county already lags behind in its ability to meet library service needs in such a fast growing county.
Urge your supervisor to keep the library tax levy the same.
Mohave County Library District Citizen's Advisory Board member and vice president of the Friends of the Dolan Springs Library