We all know this is not the time to vote for a new assessment. In the case of our excellent library, this is not a new fee but simply correcting a loss that has occurred due to the way taxes are levied.

The legislature gave libraries a 50-cent portion of the property taxes for the operation of the many branches found in the five counties in which Timberland operates. As time went by, the changes in the tax levies decreased their portion to only 34 cents.

This is making them struggle to keep staffing and provide the excellent service that they do provide.

The Friends of the Library do raise small amounts of money to provide extras but the basic cost of running the libraries and staffing has to be paid by the tax funds that are received.

To keep our libraries open at the times we can use them and continue the excellent services, we need to vote yes on the ballot we have received and return it by Feb. 3. On a $100,000 home this correction of fairness would cost the homeowner $1.33 per month. In today's economy, that amounts to one cup of coffee a month.

Thank you for your support of this excellent library service.

Fred Rapp

Elma

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