The last time the Lebanon Laclede County Library had a tax levy increase was in 1966, 55 years ago. In the 1980s the Hancock Amendment rolled back the Library’s levy and the Library has never gotten back to the 1966 voter-approved funding. Melinda Fries, Chairwoman for the Lebanon Laclede County Loves Our Library committee told Regional Radio that the Library has exhausted all avenues to find funding to keep the library up to date and functioning and is asking the voters for help on November Second.
According to Fries, there are issues involving security at the Library that needs to be addressed but because of the shortage of funds they have not been able to do so
Additionally, the Lebanon Laclede County Library is working with rural schools, providing them with books deliver to their schools to assist with their studies
According to Fries, anyone with questions about the proposed levy can go to the website, www.lacledecountylovesourlibrary.com. The Lebanon Laclede County Library issue is the only item on this year’s November 2nd ballot.