The Anderson Public Library’s Board of Trustees voted last week to decrease the library’s tax rate, seeing an efficiently operating library that is offering more resources and opportunities for members of the community.
The board voted to accept the compensating rate of 8.2 cents per $100 of assessed real property, down from 8.3 cents per $100 last year. The new personal property rate was also set at 8.2 cents per $100, which is 0.57 cents below the recommended compensating rate for the library. The motor vehicle rate at 2.7 cents per $100 was kept the same.
President of the board, Bryan Proctor, explained that the library can continue offering more services, despite the decrease in taxes. “We want to be good stewards of taxpayers’ money. We see that we are able to manage well with the rates that we have chosen and glad that we can lower the tax rates,” he said.
Bryan continued, stating that he is pleased that the board was able to drop the rate even with the newly expanded library building. “I’m excited that even though that we finished an expansion and new construction project that we are able to decrease our tax rate. That is always exciting.”
In addition to the decrease in taxes, the library has seen an increase in usage, while providing more community value. From the beginning of the year to the end of June, nearly 4,000 people visited the library to just attend a program or meeting.
Members who chose to use the library have also saved greatly compared to buying borrowed library books, DVDs or magazines new at a bookstore. From July 1st, 2017 to June 30th, 2018, library members saved nearly $1.9 million.
“We have been able to offer more programming, offer more services to children and families, and to help the business sector to come in and utilize our services,” Bryan said while commenting on the library’s use in the community. He further envisions that the library will continue adding more services and programs in the future.