Why is the library asking for an increase?

Local tax funds support a portion of basic operational costs (wages, utilities, collections, etc.). Increases in minimum wage and inflation have impacted those costs for the library, just like other organizations and businesses:

  • Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers increased 7.7% from October 2021 to October 2022
  • Inflation was 6.5% from December 2021 to December 2022
  • Minimum wage increased $1.00 or 7.6% from 2022 to 2023

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