The taxpayers’ $1,666,605 support for the Park County libraries yielded over $7,000,000 worth of services if paid for at retail prices. For every tax dollar invested in fiscal year 2016, citizens got at least $4.23 back in library collections, services, programs and facility use.
“We take our responsibility to the public seriously,” said director Frances Clymer. “Your trust is important to us.”
The premise that library use by many increases the value to all is an American innovation. There are currently over 17,000 public libraries and branches in the United States.
Industrialist Andrew Carnegie is credited with establishing public libraries. He was responsible for the construction of 1,400 libraries in the U.S. alone. Carnegie gave away $333,000,000 from 1881 until his death in 1919. Prior to awarding a grant, Carnegie stipulated that the library be supported by local taxes and free and open to the public.