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Letter: Group encourages library millage renewal

Dear editor,

Bossier Parish libraries will ask the voters of the parish to renew the 7.57millage tax, the same amount Bossier voters approved ten years ago, on Tuesday, November 4th.   This millage is used for acquiring, constructing, improving, equipping, maintaining and operating the public library facilities and system in Bossier Parish.  One hundred percent of the funding renewal collected is dedicated for library use only.  The library receives no funding from parish government.

The library system, Aulds, Benton, Central, East 80, Haughton, and Plain Dealing branches and the Historical Center, has shown good financial stewardship.  It has operated on the same millage rate for the past ten years, weathering a “Great Recession” and a drop in property values.  In 2013, patrons made 398,092 visits, used computers 73,383 times, and checked out 451,159 items.  In additions 14,978 patrons attended library-sponsored events.

When a Bossier Parish resident goes to a branch library, checking out one book and one DVD each week, he is saving himself approximately $1404 a year, based on a retail value of $25 a book and $2 per DVD rental.  A home assessed at $100,000 contributes less than $19 a year to the library.  A home assessed at $200,000 contributes less than $95 a year to the library.

The Bossier Parish libraries are a good value worthy of voters’ on-going support.  To keep their success going, vote “YES” on November 4th.

The Board of the Friends of the Bossier Library

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