Library puts 10-cent levy increase on ballot

Additional revenue will mean more operating hours, outreach and programs

Madison Wolf, 6, of Richmond, plays a spelling game Thursday afternoon at Ray County Library. Wolf’s mother, Susan, who is an occupational therapist at Shirkey Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, said the library’s outreach program is a blessing to Shirkey’s residents who are unable to visit the library. (Photo by Leah Wankum/Richmond News)

By Leah Wankum, Editor

For the first time in more than three decades, Ray County Library has placed a measure on a municipal election ballot. The measure would increase the library’s 11-cent tax by an additional 10 cents.

Without the 10-cent increase, the library will not be able to continue functioning at its current capacity, said Library Director Rochelle McCaulley. Rather, in her opinion, it will continue as a simple book repository and will not be able to reach its full potential in serving the county.

“We are very overstretched,” McCaulley said. “I have computers that need updating. I have people constantly calling, ‘Can you bring me books at home?’ ‘Can you offer me this?’

The complete story is in the Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017 Richmond News.

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