city to meet Tuesday with county on library issues
By Gideon Oakes
March 20, 2009 | The Cache County Council and the Logan
Municipal Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to
discuss the current status and the future of library
service in Cache County.
Several times in the last two decades various entities
have tried to assemble a county-wide library system,
County Executive Lynn Lemon said Friday.
Last year, the county and Logan City formed a three-member
committee to review the issue. The committee's proposal
to consolidate the libraries was met with hesitation
from the rural areas, Lemon said.
A feasibility study conducted by Pete Giacoma, former
director of the Davis County Library, found that a combined
system would cost about $3.6 million per year to operate,
as opposed to $2.5 million separately.
That additional $1.1 million translates to between
$60 and $80 per year in extra property taxes for county
residents a tax increase to which many county residents
object, Lemon said.
Currently, the county's facilities consist of a small
library located in Providence and the Bookmobile, a
portable library which makes scheduled stops in outlying
The Logan library offers a library card for $163 per
year for non-city residents who want to use the facility.
The latest proposal from the committee is a limited-use
$60 Logan library card which could be subsidized by
the cities or the county itself.
Lemon said another one of the biggest hang-ups in
the process was the difference in quality levels between
the libraries. Logan has a much larger collection of
books and also has the means to pay its staff higher
"The smaller libraries have volunteers. They have
people who are making much less money. To try and combine
all those people into one library really became an issue,"
Differences in building conditions also posed a problem.
Several libraries in outlying cities would not meet
the required guidelines to function as county buildings.
"On an individual basis, those cities were not required
to bring them up to code to meet the handicap accessibility
codes, but if the county took them over we would be
required to do that."
According to Lemon, the cost of updating the buildings
was not included in the extra $1.1 million per year.
Tuesday's meeting will be held at the Logan City Justice
Building. The public is invited to attend.