Library lawsuits in Anderson, Montgomery counties

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Attorneys say that the outcome of lawsuits seeking to reduce library taxes in Anderson and Montgomery counties could have implications for other Kentucky libraries.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that a lawsuit filed in May seeks to roll the Anderson County library tax back to its level in 1967, when the library was first organized. A similar suit filed in June would reduce the Montgomery County library tax to its level in 1980.

The suits argue that the library districts have improperly raised tax rates over the past decades without voter approval as required by state law.

Attorneys for the libraries say their districts followed instructions on tax increases as provided by the state Department of Libraries and Archives and by opinions of the state attorney general.

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