Bad timing for library referendum

| Thursday, May 15, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

This year has not been kind to the wallets of many Allegheny Valley School District residents. Although Harmar Township and Cheswick held the line on taxes, Springdale Borough raised its by 44 percent; Springdale Township's taxes went up by 10 percent. The school district is looking to raises taxes yet again, this time by 2 percent.

This leaves the proposed .25-mill tax increase referendum on the ballot Tuesday in a very bad spot.

This proposal to provide dedicated annual funding for the Springdale Free Public Library, which will keep it from operating at a deficit, has good intentions. But it could not have come at a worse time. Citizens are seeing their taxes go up regularly, so voting to increase their own taxes is a tough sell.

If the economy was a bit better and the threat of rising taxes was not prevalent, then I believe most would vote yes. Plus, turnout for the election is expected to be low, so the library will be lucky to get one municipality to vote in favor of the increase.

The library board simply picked the wrong year to put the referendum on the ballot.

Shawn Fitzgerald, Jr.

Springdale Borough

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