Letters to the Editor

Letter: Libraries are huge tax burden

To the Editor:

The letter on Aug. 23 by Bill Weller is a prime example of entitlement and why our taxes are so high. I’ve been saying for years that libraries should no longer be on the tax roles and under the burden of the taxpayer. I’m not saying libraries are not useful, because they are. I know there are many advocates for libraries, but it should no longer be the responsibility of the taxpayer to supply people with books, videos, computer cafes, and personal entertainment. Most schools have libraries, so your kids already have access to the books they need and we all know who pays for the schools.  

I can’t believe Weller’s boasting about all this free stuff on the taxpayer’s dime, even though I’m guessing he can afford to pay for his entertainment. I would love for anyone to justify why this is the taxpayer’s responsibility. I buy my own books, rent my own movies, buy my own computer and pay a monthly cable bill. Why should I be required to do that for anybody else?

Libraries are a huge tax burden. If people want to use the library, they should pay for their use. At the least, there must be a substantial user’s fee imposed at libraries. Nothing is free. Someone always has to pay for it, and it’s usually the taxpayer. This is a great place to start to rid the state of its 7,000 taxing bodies, especially being my taxes have gone up 25 percent in two years.

Jim Callanan

Spring Grove

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