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Be Careful What You Ask For

The free public library in Springdale, Pa., finally has some funding it can count on, thanks to voters in both Springdale and nearby Cheswick approving a quarter-mil tax, which will bring in just over $60,000 a year. There’s a problem: the township says that because the library now has funding, it can no longer have space in the Borough Building for free: it now has to pay $1,000/month rent — or $3,000/month if the library wants the borough to do maintenance. Worse, both boroughs have decided to stop supporting the library from their general funds, now that they have their own tax base. “This all came about because of the referendum,” complains library administrator Janet Rae Tyree. “Now, because we wanted a sustainable, understandable, knowledgeable amount of money, they just take it.” (RC/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) ...Welcome to politics. Would you like some more?
Original Publication Date: 21 December 2014
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 21.

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