Monday, September 12, 2005

Justifiable Raise In Ex-Urban Library Fees

The Metro Library Board is going to consider a proposal to raise the library card fee for those who live outside of Davidson County from $25.00 to $40.00, which reportedly constitutes the first increase in the fee since 1989.

This is an entirely reasonable increase given that the fee has not been raised in over a decade and a half. It reflects the current costs of service per person that the library provides the local community. The city's library should serve primarily those who live and pay taxes in the city; if residents from other counties live outside Metro in order to pay lower taxes for less services, they should not expect to leech Metro services without some personal compensation.

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