With the help of a dedicated group of about 75 volunteers, the Pike County Public Library (PCPL) has collected about 1,500 signatures from Pike County voters requesting that the Pike Commissioners place a dedicated library tax question on the Nov. 3 ballot.


With the help of a dedicated group of about 75 volunteers, the Pike County Public Library (PCPL) has collected about 1,500 signatures from Pike County voters requesting that the Pike Commissioners place a dedicated library tax question on the Nov. 3 ballot.

The final tally of signatures actually submitted to the Board of Elections will be announced after the Aug. 25 deadline; nonetheless the 1,500 signatures gathered to date is more than double the necessary minimum.

“Clearly, the citizens of Pike County have indicated their interest in this quality of life decision,” said Tom Hoff, vice president of the PCPL Board. “Based on the feedback received during this petition process a substantial majority want a vibrant, flourishing countywide library system that gives all residents, especially our kids, access to the resources they need to compete in today's information age.”

Working towards successful passage of the library tax referendum will be the next important step in the PCPL's journey toward the funding necessary to maintain current library service levels and to achieve its plans for growth and countywide expansion. “The support shown for improved and expanded countywide library services has been overwhelming,” says PCPL Director Ellen Schaffner. “Now, we need voters to say yes on Election Day.”

Currently, the PCPL system is operating at a deficit and County government funding has remained stagnant since the year 2000. The library tax, if approved by the public, will cost about $35 per household per year and will provide reliable operating funds that will grow as the county grows. These funds, when combined with state funding, will avoid current and future service cutbacks, allow the addition of improved services and, over the next three to five years, bring our system up to par with other similar counties and will allow for the planned new branches in Lehman Township and the Blooming Grove/Palmyra area.

“Without a dedicated library tax our public library system will wither and decline from a lack of critical funding,” adds Hoff. “A no vote in November will result in library service cuts beginning in 2010. A yes vote will provide Pike residents the comprehensive library system they deserve.”

For more information visit www.pcpl.org/everyonebenefits or call 570-296-8211.