FRANKFORT, Ky. (2/26/13) – Legislation, sponsored by Senator Jerry P. Rhoads, D-Madisonville, that would create an alternate method of establishing a library district in counties that do not currently have a library district passed today on the floor of the Kentucky State Senate.
Senate Bill 48 would allow the fiscal courts in these counties that do not have a library district to create a library taxing district by ordinance. A library district created by this method would be governed by a five-citizen board appointed by the County Judge-Executive with approval of the fiscal court. That board, with the approval of the fiscal court, would be able to levy a tax to support the library district. That tax could be no greater than the State maximum of 20 cents on each $100 of the assessed value of property in the district. Such a tax would require fiscal court approval of the initial rate and any subsequent modification. The fiscal court would have final authority over the tax rate.
“This legislation would provide an opportunity for counties such as Hopkins and Christian to have a sufficient, dependable and predictable revenue stream for our local libraries,” said Senator Rhoads.
The senator filed the same legislation in 2012. The legislation has strong support from both Hopkins County Judge-Executive Donnie Carroll and Christian County Judge-Executive Steve Tribble. Kentucky Association of Counties (KACO) has endorsed the bill as it did in the 2012 session.
“This legislation recognizes the value of a strong county library system and gives counties without a library district an important option to provide sufficient funding for their libraries,” Senator Rhoads added.
SB 48 now moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration.
Senator Rhoads represents the 6th Senatorial District that includes the Hopkins, Muhlenberg and Ohio counties.
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