• If the board proposes a tax increase, put it on a ballot so the community can decide whether or not its warranted.
• And perhaps as a compromise, some of the current board members should offer their resignations and allow for replacements to be selected by Pulaski County Judge-executive Barty Bullock. Not to suggest the current board members weren’t playing within the rules, because they most certainly were. But if having a few new faces appeases the masses, that would be better than having the facility shut down.
In light of tax increases in two consecutive years, I can agree with the magistrates on wanting to be kept abreast of what’s happening at the library.
And I also concur that a tax increase, in this shaky economy, should be a last resort option.
I know the library tax seems to be very little. But to people who are struggling in these difficult times, every little bit counts.
Can there be more cuts in programs, materials or salaries at the library? These are constraints the private sector deals with daily.
I know these measures may be harsh, but there are a lot of businesses out there which are having to cope with wage freezes, furloughs, layoffs and cutbacks. Our library should be no different.
Jeff Neal in the news editor of the Commonwealth Journal. He can be reached via email at: jneal@