Area citizens will be voting in November on a new occupational library tax. It calls for local workers to pay an additional 20 cents for every $100 they earn - which would raise about 40 million dollars a year.
While I believe this rate could possibly be somewhat lower and still achieve its purpose, I also believe there's simply some money you can't afford not to spend. And that's the case here.
Compared to many of its national peers, Louisville's library system is woefully lacking - in space, number and condition of its branches, and books and computers per capita. Meanwhile, many people still can't afford to purchase their own books or pay for Internet access.
Even if you never use the library yourself, such a tax will benefit you. Because a better-informed, better-educated community is also one that has a higher quality work force, less crime and much better future growth potential. Plus, every penny will stay right here in Jefferson County for a change.
I recently praised U of L as one of the "pockets of excellence" that help us achieve "world-class" status. And an enhanced public library system is certainly another of those critical pockets that are worth striving for.
What's your thought? Call us at 588-2433 and let us know.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.