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Library tax cruises to victory

Valley Times-News, The (Lanett, AL) - Wednesday, November 3, 2010 Author: CY WOOD, Editor-Publisher


LaFAYETTE - Wow! When the Chambers County Library asked voters to approve a 20-year extension of its two-mill tax , library officials were cautiously optimistic that the public would support the request.

After all, county voters had approved the two-mill tax on two previous occasions, and the issue on Tuesday's ballot was a simple extension of an existing

tax . Nevertheless, these are turbulent times for taxation issues, so library supporters worked hard to get the message across to the public about what

they were getting for their investment in public libraries .

Tuesday, the people responded. The library tax proposal passed by an overwhelming margin, 7, 040 yes votes to 1, 824 no votes. That's a victory margin

of 79.42 percent to 20.58 percent, a percentage topped on Tuesday's ballot only by unopposed candidates.

"You can tell a lot about a community by looking at what it supports, and the people of Chambers County said overwhelmingly they want to maintain a first-rate library system," Mary Hamilton, library director, said. "And to me, it's a very gratifying thing to live in a place that supports these kinds of values.

"I'm proud of our library and proud of our county. The library staff and I plan to do everything we can to continue to offer this county the best library services possible," she said.

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