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Subject: Re: ? Nonresident fees
On July 25th Mark Smith wrote:
>There is no logical way it can be argued that the small amount >that comes
to a library by way of state aid should compel that >library to provide the
same range of service afforded a resident >that is paying a significant
amount. You might as well argue that >state universities be obliged to give
free educations to anyone in >the state.
The amount a non-resident pays to your library in state taxes may be
miniscule. The total in state aid your library receives may be substantial.
I wouldn't argue for free education from state schools, but I would argue
for good, well-supported state schools that offer an education for *all* at
well below the price of private schools.
There is no "logical way" you can exclude tax payers from your library if you
receive their tax money.
>You should do what you think is fair. This is so open to debate >that a
locality simply has to decide. But one aspect should be >noted: in states
where libraries are funded by state-mandated >property tax levels (like, say,
New Jersey), it is the wealthiest >communities that decide not to fund a
library because the ticket >would be so high. I'msorry, but those folks
really lose my >sympathy big time.
When it is the wealthies communities that refuse to support their libraries,
then I agree: no sympathy required. Massachusetts, where I'm from, has
state-mandated property tax levels (2 1/2%) and it's the smaller, poorer
community libraries which really suffer.