EDITORIAL>> A new library for $20 a year
On Tuesday, July 5, Jacksonville will vote on a proposed 1-mill increase to rebuild its crumbling library. It is the oldest in the Central Arkansas Library System and has so many structural problems that it would cost less to build a new one for about $2.5 million.
Although Jacksonville would get a wonderful new library, the costs are modest. The average taxpayer would pay $20 a year if the millage passes. That $20, of course, is on a home valued on the assessorís books at $100,000. Assessed at 20 percent ($20,000) times .001 = $20.
Thatís a rather modest investment in a library that is sorely needed and would help revitalize downtown Jacksonville.
Hereís a reminder to Jacksonville residents: Early voting has started at the Pulaski County Courthouse. Early voting continues next Monday at Jacksonville City Hall. Otherwise, please vote on Tuesday, July 5 and help make reading fun again.