Saturday, January 21, 2012
Ross Township Commissioners Discuss Library Funding Referendum
Ross mulls funds for Northland Library. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 1/19/2012)
Excerpt: Ross commissioners Monday discussed a referendum on funding the township's annual share of the Northland Public Library's budget.
Commissioner Chris Eyster, who is leading the referendum effort, said he met Friday with library officials to go over his referendum ordinance, but wants to have further discussions with them before submitting the ordinance for commissioners' vote.
Mr. Eyster wants to ask residents to approve a 2.2-mill tax to fund the library. That would amount to $22 per year on a $100,000 house. That way, he said, the township would not have to fund the library out of its general fund budget, and would have more money for public safety and road paving.
"I don't think you would get too many takers on that," commissioner David Mikec said.
"I think people would go for it. They want us to support the library," Mr. Eyster said. "This would provide a long-term solution to library funding. It eliminates the need for the board to argue about library funding every year.
" If the referendum failed, "we face that yearly dilemma about priorities," he added. Ross will pay $404,346 to support Northland this year, a decrease of $21,975 because of declining population and assessment in the township.
This is how they like to do things in Ross Township Pennsylvania. (12/16/2011)