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Old 04-25-2020, 02:07 AM
 
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I live in Lincolnwood, which is in Cook County. The public libraries in Lincolnwood and other Cook County municipalities have been closed for a while due to Covid-19, and who knows how much longer they will be closed?

These public libraries are funded, to a significant extent, by property taxes. So, do the extended closures of these libraries mean that Cook County property taxes will be reduced? Should we be paying for libraries that we can not use?
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Old 04-25-2020, 02:42 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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I live in Seattle and got an email from the library system asking for donations. If the shutdown goes longer they won't be able to be maintained. With usage of Kindle and readers people have less reason to check out books even in good times. Also people use the computers too.

I don't go to the library often anymore but it would be very sad to see them close for good.
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Old 04-25-2020, 06:01 AM
 
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Nope. Instead they will likely soar and sap even more equity out of peoples homes
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Old 04-25-2020, 07:26 AM
 
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Checkout your access to ebooks , magazines and newspapers..
You may be able to get a digital card even now and get access.

Oh and those resources must be supported by librarians and library staff, so they’re probably working remotely. Libraries are germy community spaces. Read an ebook and appreciate the work that went into getting it to you. Keep libraries closed till they aren’t Petri dishes of disease. Librarians still need to disinfect any book returns and implement public health policies to keep the library a healthy space.

We love our communities and want to get back as soon as we safely can.
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Old 04-25-2020, 11:55 AM
 
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Libraries closed due to Covid-19 - Will property taxes be reduced?



Sure, just like they do when the value of your house goes down !
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Old 04-25-2020, 12:50 PM
 
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I wish. And imagine if property taxes went down because the schools are closed...lol.
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Old 04-25-2020, 12:54 PM
 
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My guess is they’ll tack on a huge “coronavirus tax” to the property tax bills.

Are we still paying a TB (tuberculosis) sanitarium tax?
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Old 04-25-2020, 01:52 PM
 
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The largest part of property tax comes from the schools not the library, etc.
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Old 04-27-2020, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Chicago, Little Village
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I have no doubt!
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Old 04-27-2020, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Chicago, Little Village
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I live in Seattle and got an email from the library system asking for donations. If the shutdown goes longer they won't be able to be maintained. With usage of Kindle and readers people have less reason to check out books even in good times. Also people use the computers too.

I don't go to the library often anymore but it would be very sad to see them close for good.
Not to pick on Seattle too much today but isn't your median household income like $100k or something? What risk is there of your libraries actually closing for good? I'll guess not very high.

Now some communities in IL - places like Riverdale with a median household income of less than 1/3 that of Seattle - I could really see that happening. And these communities really need the library for various things, such as basic computer access. The State isn't going to be able to afford to bail them out and the Federal government is asking (rightly) why it should bail this State out. It's going to be a tough climb out for many people, and, as always, the most vulnerable will be hit the hardest.
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