A small price to use library
Listening to the rhetoric about the Clayton library and the complaints about the fees for nonresidents is making me mad. Let’s just be honest here. I say we step back and ask ourselves: “Do we spend more than $25 a year on much less important things?”
I’ll be the first to confess, yes, I do. And so do most of us. For example, many of us spend $25 on a single meal out once or twice a month with family or friends. So, to use a nice facility with exceptional service, like we have at the Clayton library, I say we put things in perspective.
I, for one, would happily pay twice as much to continue to use the Clayton library. And no, I do not earn a six-figure salary. Nor do I think it is a ploy by the local government to make money. Nor is it a “tax on learning.” It is a simple fee for using services that are provided by taxes to begin with – by the residents who live in town.
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Anyway, I believe there are real, practical reasons the library staff, board and town council decided to convert from a county library to a municipal library, and that after looking at both situations and the growth in Clayton, they truly believe it will better serve the Clayton population in the long run.
Finally, having spent a good bit of time around the library staff, I simply trust their input on this matter. Yes, some fees are necessary to finance the conversion process. So, “woe to us who don’t happen to live in the town limits” and pay extra taxes year round. Really?
That’s just my two cents.
G. Kam Congleton