Why would we pay for libraries no one needs?
December 2, 2010 · 2:54 PM
Are libraries really needed anymore?
If so, why aren’t people who use them willing to pay for that service?
Libraries aren’t a vital service and therefore library cardholders and the “Friends of the Library” should be more than willing to donate money and pay user fees for the luxury of having a library.
I guess I don’t quite understand why the public needs so many libraries.
We have libraries in most public schools, colleges and universities.
How many libraries do the public and the students really need?
Most every American has a desktop or laptop computer that can access websites to find the information needed in today’s complex world.
You can also read most books online at college and university websites.
Providing computers at public libraries is a huge cost to taxpayers.
I even know poor people who have computers. In this day and age, anyone who needs to use the library to access a computer is simply too cheap to buy their own.
Now that the 2010 Kitsap Regional Library lid lift has failed miserably (59 to 41 percent), KRL Director Jill Jean and the library administrators should lobby the 2011 Legislature to change the law so that libraries can charge for their services.
Maybe this isn’t an answer to KRL’s money problems.
If not, I’d like to hear a better one.
As for myself, I wold not ever vote to increase property taxes for public libraries.
I pay enough now for a service I never use.
In fact, I’m tapped out and will not support any tax increases for government or public services of any type.