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Marjorie Hess and Peter Rowe: Tax reform needed to boost library services

To the editor:

At its last meeting, the Forbes Library Board of Trustees voted unanimously to support the City Council resolution urging the state Legislature to “adopt fair and equitable tax reform to raise substantial revenue, a sufficient portion of which will be allocated to local aid so that the City of Northampton can continue to provide the level of public service its citizens require and deserve.” An important public service for the residents of Northampton is provided by Forbes Library. Over 60 percent of Northampton residents hold active Forbes library cards and last year attendance and usage of the library increased by 20 percent. In a recent survey of Forbes Library users the primary request was for “more,” more programs, more presentations, but most of all more hours when the library is open. Instead, for the past four years we have been forced to close summer Saturdays and this year will be no exception.

The Forbes Library Trustees join the City Council in asking the legislature to adopt fair and equitable tax reform to raise substantial revenue in order to provide the library service our citizens require and deserve.

Marjorie Hess

Peter Rowe

Northampton

Marjorie Hess and Peter Rowe are Forbes Library trustees.

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