The facade of an 1866 brownstone constructing that is a part of Martin Library will get freshened up this summer time.
Chris Dunn, York Every day Document

In Sunday’s York Day by day Document, opinion web page editor Scott Fisher addressed a letter from a resident complaining that there was no parking in downtown York when the person arrived to see a efficiency on the Appell Middle. Mr. Fisher dispelled this inaccurate notion with information and figures.

An analogous evaluation is required to deal with the notion that York County Libraries is being disproportionately harmed by a choice to scale back funds it receives from York County authorities.

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The county commissioners view the library system as an asset to the group.

In 2005, a library tax on actual property was enacted. Since then, taxpayers of York County have paid $32.1 million to the libraries. The millage charged with this tax is predicated on the annual assessed worth of all county actual property. This tax and millage price was to be reviewed yearly. It was not. We plan to do such shifting ahead.

This ordinance, whereas nicely-meant, has develop into an unsustainable mannequin of taxation. The correlation between actual property assessed values and a funding mannequin of the native library system requires evaluate.

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What started as an annual quantity to the libraries of $1.eight million in 2005 was $2.7 million in 2017. The libraries will obtain $2.four million from taxpayers this yr.

The choice to scale back the actual property taxes flowing to the library system by three.5 % in order that these funds could be reallocated to equally necessary providers is a mirrored image of the challenges dealing with our county as we speak.  

The libraries maintain a worthwhile place in our society. The president of the library system has stated, “Our libraries are a lifeline, not a luxurious.” What this ignores is that there are different aggressive wants and lifelines that additionally warrant our finite funds. These priorities embrace:

  • An opioid/heroin public well being disaster that has far-ranging impacts on our group. For example, our coroner’s finances has elevated by greater than $four hundred,000 since 2014.
  • The truth that our York County Youngsters, Youth & Household Providers should deal…