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Future of library is in question

SOMERSET, Ky. (WYMT) - Could a southern Kentucky library close its doors all because of a slight tax increase?

That's the question in Pulaski County, where a community forum was held regarding a petition drive that started because some there aren't happy with some decisions made by the board that operates the library.

A community forum is getting underway in hopes of answering questions of what a petition drive could mean for the future of this building.

The 12 million dollar Pulaski County Library was just completed a few years ago but officials say it could close.

The closing could come because of a grassroots group of people who are not happy about the way the local taxing district chose the compensating tax rate.

That will mean the average taxpayer will pay about a dollar more in taxes this year.

Yet the group behind the petition drive says it's more about a lack of oversight and accountability with the group that makes the libraries' decisions.

Library officials say they owe more than 9 million dollars on the bond that paid for the library.

If the petition goes through, all their buildings and property will have to be sold to pay off that bond.

Library officials say their tax rate in Pulaski County is actually less than surrounding counties.


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