Library closing early ahead of public meeting on proposed local tax changes

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind.—The St. Joseph County Public Library will close all branches and some digital services at 5 p.m. on September 5 to attend a meeting to discuss proposed local income tax changes that could impact the library’s budget.

The library is inviting the community to meet at the front entrance at the Main Library at 5:15 p.m. and walk to the County City building for the 6 p.m. public meeting.

A proposal, Resolution #R7-19, will be discussed at the meeting. In the proposal, a shift of local income taxes could equal half a million dollars in lost revenue for the SJCPL in 2020 and every year following.

The SJCPL says all libraries in St. Joseph County will be impacted if the revenue is lost.

The walk from the Main Library to the County City Building is being dubbed “A Night Without Libraries.”

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