River Heights checks out its options for Logan library cards

RIVER HEIGHTS—Councilwoman Kathryn Hadfield explained the options for River Heights residents seeking a less expensive membership with the Logan City Library at a council meeting Tuesday night. Twenty River Heights residents have purchased Logan library cards, according to a fact sheet supplied by Hadfield. Those who do not own property in Logan pay $163 per household per year for a card. Logan property owners pay on average $72 as part of a dedicated library tax on residential and business properties, thus receiving “free” library service. “If we had a dedicated library tax here, as in Logan, the average dedicated tax would be $82,” Hadfield said. However, a dedicated library tax on River Heights residents is not the only option. Ronald Jenkins, director of Logan City Library, gave Hadfield possibilities for inter-local agreements. In addition to a dedicated library tax at the same rate as Logan, River Heights could subsidize the cost of a Logan library card, or North Logan, Logan, Providence and River Heights could form a multi-city library district. Currently, the Logan Library Board is evaluating the formula that determines the cost of nonresident cards. Hadfield said they are likely to come to a decision by June, when the new budget is due. The Logan library actually charges less than the rate set most recently in 2008, and charges the rate set in 2004 instead. If nonmember patrons paid the 2008 rate, they would be paying about $67 more. To those from other towns seeking membership at the Logan library, $163 may seem like too much to pay. Hadfield said half of Logan residents do not use the library, and so they pay for those who do. That makes the value of library service for Logan patrons who use it about twice what they pay in differential taxes. Even so, there are patrons from other towns still not willing to pay that much outright. “It’s not worth it to me to pay $163,” Mayor Bill Baker said.

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