We are facing a serious budget situation and need your help. There is a bill before the Kansas Senate (Senate substitute for HB 2109) that seeks to sweep all motor vehicle taxes from municipal budgets and into the state budget to cover a part of the current state shortfall.
Motor vehicle taxes account for 8% of the library's budget, and the City of Atchison already funds the library with property taxes at the maximum allowed by local ordinance. If this bill passes and no other options can be found to make up the gap, library hours and services would have to be reduced significantly.
I urge you to immediately contact Senator Dennis Pyle (firstname.lastname@example.org, 785-296-7379) and Representative Jerry Henry (email@example.com, 913-367-2432) and ask them to vote NO on Senate Substitute HB 2109.
Because the funding situation at the state level is dire, we can expect this bill to pass as early as Wednesday, May 27.
Director, Atchison Public Library
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