The Upper Chichester Library has a referendum on the May 21 ballot that will allow the library to be self-sustaining with funding through the property tax, rather than the township's general fund. The modest tax increase would be the equivalent cost of a cup of coffee and doughnut, or one magazine per month. But the money raised through this tax will be used to expand and improve the library into a state of the art technology library/computer and service center.
Libraries are no longer just a collection of books, but an important link to both education and a better life. Libraries also are democratic institutions meant to be used by all people regardless of race, religion, age, or income.
In addition, a modern library increases real-estate values, enhances a town image, attracts business, and improves leadership at all levels. Unfortunately, there is no free lunch and a well-maintained and up-to-date library, and its dedicated employees, costs money.
Dawn Daniels, president; Nicholas J. Tortorello, trustee, Upper Chichester Library
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