County Council Approves Library Agreement

The fate of a countywide library system will be decided by voters in November of next year. The Cache County Council last night voted unanimously for a proposal where non-residents pay $100 for a Logan Library Card over the next 18 months rather than the $163 they are paying now. During the 18 month trial period, Cache County will subsidize the card fee by $30 for residents of the unincorporated area. As part of the proposal, the Cache County Council agreed to put the issue of a countywide library system on the general election ballot in November of 2010. At last night’s County Council meeting, Council Chairman Craig Peterson said cities that don’t want to be part of a countywide library system cannot be forced to participate. “Not only can the cities, first of all, not be required to make their libraries part of the countywide library system, but we can’t tax them as long as they maintain their own library,” Peterson said. “If we were to choose to levy a property tax, only those cities that wanted to be a part of the system could be taxed.” Logan City Council Member Tami Pyfer, who was instrumental in drafting the proposal, says the reduced cost of a Logan Library card will become effective at the end of this month.

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