Burley Library Is Looking For Voter Support On May 21st


By Joey Martin

Burley, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) The Burley Public Library is looking for your help in keeping their doors open for another 2 years.

On May 21st, residents in Cassia County will be voting on a wide range of issues.

One issue is the Burley Public Library’s Operations Override Levy.

Every two years, voters in Burley are asked to approve on average a $200,000 levy that will go to pay for the day to day expenses and hiring of new staff.

In 2011 voters approved a $210,000 levy.

This year the library is asking the voters for $231,000 to help keep their doors open.

We spoke with library director Julie Woodford and ask what it would mean for the library if the levy failed to pass.

“We would want out community to recognize that this is about 50% of the library’s operating money. So it would be… the library and community would loose substantial services that we now provide.” Said Library Director Julie Woodford.

If approved by voters on May 21st, the money will go to pay for a full-time children’s librarian along with a tech consultant and a wide variety of library programs.

For voters that would mean an increase of about $3.50 per household, per year.

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