The McDonald County Library operates almost entirely on your property taxes. The library receives only a tiny fraction (currently 2.53%) of your total bill, almost all of the rest goes to schools. And the library has operated with the same tax levy since it was founded.
However, since then the library has opened two new branches, and with constant inflation the operating costs continue to rise; yet the library continues to get by on the same set amount every year.
Also, the McDonald County Library aggressively pursues state and federal grants, and other outside funding. But even with this occasional extra income it is difficult to balance the budget, and the availability of grants has dramatically decreased in recent years since the economic downturn.
Therefore, the library Board of Trustees is now considering asking voters for an increase in the library tax levy during an upcoming election. If passed, this will result in a SMALL increase in your property taxes. To see how very little an increase this will likely be for you, try this Tax Estimator…
Input your current TOTAL Property Tax in the box below,
then hit the Enter key to see the result:
Look on YOUR McDonald County Property Tax Statement/Receipt, and compare it to this sample:
(These estimates are based on the latest figures we have available. They may vary slightly more or less. The official amount will be shown on the ballot during the election of course, and we will update this Tax Estimator to reflect any changes.)
Here is the 2011 McDonald County Property Tax breakdown…
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It’s hard to read, but the library’s small (2.53%) portion is that small sliver second from the right.
Because of the way taxes are apportioned, the percentage of every dollar changes slightly every year,
even though the actual levy amount hasn’t changed.
(Almost every year the library receives an even smaller percentage, because the schools keep getting more.)
The public library is available for the benefit of everyone!
“The library is the only place that you pay property taxes for, where you are allowed to walk into at any time, for any reason, and you are welcome there.”
McDonald County Library Director
“A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.”
Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919)
Industrialist, Businessman, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist