Voters vote overwhelming for library tax renewal
BATON ROUGE- Voters said yes to the library tax renewal, which was renewed by more than 58 percent of voters on Saturday.
According to East Baton Rouge library officials, the library's dedicated tax renewal of 11.1 mills is mostly supported by the 10-year dedicated property tax which was up for renewal this year after being renewed previously in 1995 and 2005. They said majority of the library's budget depends on this tax renewal. Officials said they're thankful to see the community step up and continue to support the local libraries.
"On behalf of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Board of Control, I want to say thank you to voters for supporting the Library and recognizing the importance of the Library throughout the Parish and the impact it makes every day on the young and the old alike. I also want to thank the EBR Library PAC and Patrons of the Public Library (POPL) for all their support in passing this dedicated tax renewal," said Kizzy A. Payton, president of the Library Board of Control.
"The Library is critical to this community, and this renewal allows us to in turn support you with state-of-the art facilities, cutting-edge technology, free WiFi and computer use, engaging meeting and study space, books, classes, programs, online resources and so much more," said Payton.
Library officials said with about 30 percent of the population not being able to afford a computer or have access to the Internet, all 14 public libraries in East Baton Rouge Parish can continue to provide those free to cardholders.