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|Vote 'yes' for library tax renewal|
Concordia Parish residents are richly blessed with one of the finest public library systems in Louisiana.
The people can show their appreciation for parish libraries Saturday by supporting a 10-year, 8.5-mill property tax renewal. The tax generates about $850,000 per year.
The library system needs every penny of it to provide the wonderful books, great programs and outstanding services Concordia Parish residents have grown to expect from their libraries.
Library director Amanda Taylor, who does an excellent job in her capacity, says 93 percent of the library system's funding is generated by the local property tax.
While it is obvious to us Concordia voters should renew the property tax for parish libraries, we would be remiss if we did not point out the libraries offer outreach programs to provide children with the knowledge of books, while libraries work with schools in numerous ways to expand the horizons of all students.
The parish library system also sponsors an ongoing concert series with recognized musicians and artists. The system provides that service free-of-charge to the general public, too. Numerous artists, magicians and musicians sponsored by the library system present programs in schools throughout the year as well.
It is worth noting, too, that Concordia's library buildings are among the finest and best maintained in the state. The buildings are clean, fully-functional at all times and conducive to learning. The new facility in Vidalia is one of the most beautiful public buildings in the region.
That's a reflection of Taylor's commitment to parish libraries. It is also a reflection of the commitment among the people who work with Taylor.
This year, the library system in Concordia is celebrating its 80th birthday. It's the second oldest demonstration library system in Louisiana and was the first library system in the state to pass a millage to support library services.
Yet, the parish library system cannot continue its great tradition of providing a first-class service for the community's residents unless voters approve a renewal of a property tax to support it.
Supporting parish libraries is a reflection of our hopes for our community and our dreams for our children.
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