Wednesday, November 09, 2005

What are the advantages of the Smartest Card Campaign for a Collinsville Resident?

This question was asked of me at the Main Desk and I guess until that point I hadn't really thought of it from that perspective.
I know that my motivation to write the grant and to encourage the Board to approve this attempt to give 'free' library cards to reach as many people as possible in our school district and in the Fairmont City area to share a wonderful experience if only for a little while. I wanted this to be an invitation to use library service and then in an educated manner vote to continue or turn down future service.
But what about those of you who already have this service? You have a vested interest on this creation of a library that has been here for 90 years and a tremendous building that started in 1937 and has only gotten better. What does this all mean to you?
As I thought about it I guess I would hope that you would feel really good about what you have and would want others to be able to share in that good fortune. Adding more people to this library service will not take away from what it is. Hopefully, it will create more interest and more determination to create their own library buildings and collections that can attribute their success to the Collinsville Library Center. This would be an opportunity to foster a new area of individuals in the successes of the use of libraries and let them experience a service that will offer something to them throughout their lives.
There is one possibility that can also come out of adding more area to the Library District and that is that there will be more households to share in the monetary support of the district. It is impossible to say at this point what that could mean on your tax statement. Depending upon the amount of new value of property and the number of new households, the amount of property tax that an individual taxpayer pays at the present time could possibly go down. This is only a possibility and not one that we can calculate or surmise since that will depend on if or what areas join the Library District.
I welcome any comments on this idea since it is also important to maintain a strong and pertinent library within our current borders while expanding service to others.