Library users should pay
In his letter “Not obsolete in Westmoreland,” Cesare Muccari, executive director of the Westmoreland County Federated Library System, stated that in 2016, the libraries had about 115,000 cardholders. Funding problem solved: A $10-per-card charge would bring in $1,115 million, and a $5 fee for programs would be appropriate.
Why should property owners pay for these services? Many senior citizens do not use the library, and many do not drive. I help many senior citizens with their taxes and drive them to doctors' appointments. For many, their income is only $1,355 a month in Social Security. Is your income more than $1,355 a month?
Most seniors seldom see a raise in their checks. These people cut pills in half and put off doctor visits. Every time property tax goes up, some other necessity is eliminated. Food becomes a luxury; SNAP (food stamps) programs give them $19 a month.
Cardholders use the libraries, so they should pay for these services. Senior citizens and property owners are not responsible for free library services.
Add to the property tax; that seems to be the answer to every spending/revenue problem. We don't have a future if spending in the USA is not managed.
The government, including libraries, cannot give anybody anything that is free without first taking it from somebody. Stop taking from our senior citizens. They cannot afford more property taxes.