By: Diane Benjamin
The Bloomington Public Library wants another tax hike. They are still looking to expand.
What is clear is they aren’t expanding for books. To keep traffic coming to the library their focus is events. http://www.bloomingtonlibrary.org/Assets/files/bpl_board/boardpackets/2019/2019.10bplboardpacket.pdf
Do taxpayers get a voice? Does the Bloomington Library exist to hold free events? Is that something taxpayers want higher property tax bills for?
Below is a list of events and the number of attendees, I believe all of these were held in September:
(the packet doesn’t make that clear)
The actual circulation at the library has decreased dramatically:
Citizens need a say in what they want a library to be. They need to tell their alderman what they are willing to pay for “free” entertainment.
Are you willing to pay higher property taxes to fund this?