In an attempt to represent both sides of an issue getting a lot of local attention, the proposed library tax, the writers of Fort Thomas Matters have decided to do a point/counterpoint summarizing the arguments both for and against. It is worth noting, the articles do not necessarily represent the opinions of FTM nor the individual authors of each article and, as always, we encourage you to independently research this and all issues before voting. Most importantly, we encourage you to exercise your civic duty and vote on November 6th.
$31.20. Essentially, the argument boils down to $31.20. That is the equivalent of 6.78 Venti Two-pump pumpkin soymilk iced chai tea lattes. Would I give up nearly seven of these delicious drinks to support the literacy of all residents of the county and to grant fair and equal access to resources no matter the street address? My answer is a resounding yes!
The median home value in Fort Thomas is $156,000 according to Zillow. The proposed tax is an increase from 7.4 cents to 9.4 cents per $100 of assessed value, which equates to an annual average of $31.20 per Fort Thomas household. For this marginal increase, the residents of the southern part of the county would get access to a new library and all of the amazing benefits to their children and society that comes with it.
This is not a bailout for fiscally irresponsible existing libraries. This is not a tax to prop up an institution that is outdated and irrelevant. The Phillip N. Carrico branch is thriving, constantly busy and always running community and children’s events. We are all residents of Campbell County; why should my son have better access to resources than the son of a California, KY resident?
Additionally, the advertisements against the proposed tax, while accurate, are intentionally misleading. The Tea Party argues that with this tax, the “devil is in the details” (according to NKYTeaParty.org) which must be why they leave the details out. This is not a 27% increase to property taxes; it is a 27% increase to the tax specifically allocated to the library.
The obvious argument is one of limited government and a question of the need for this resource. After all, from Fort Thomas, all three branches are less than 4 miles away. But this is about providing access for all residents of the county. It is obvious that, despite their adamant opposition to the tax, even the Tea Party can agree with the need for the library; after all, they showed a movie at the Kenton County Library branch last night.
By: Jessica Duke (Mama on a Budget)