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Supervisors serve own agenda regarding library tax

On Aug., 12, The Union editorial concerning the county library and its need for funds brought to mind a letter I wrote to The Union four years ago. At that time, I wrote words to the effect that the board was trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the taxpayers with their proposed five-year tax for the libraries. We voters were told that the library tax would pick up the tab after that time.

Of course, no tax has ever been rescinded before and never will be. The supervisors knew that the county would never have enough money to fully support the libraries unless they cut their favorite projects such as NH 2020. The board also knew there were no fairy godmothers around. Finally, the board has had no discussions during the past four years on how they would fund the library when the tax expired.

As a result, in November the taxpayers will be forced to extend the tax indefinitely. We now have the opportunity to replace four-fifths of the board with supervisors who will respond to the needs of the people instead of pursuing their own private agendas. Let it be done.

Robert S. Shoemaker

Grass Valley

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