The folks running the Salt Lake City Library system face a tough sell. They want the city to raise taxes for its library system at a time when libraries, like so many other things in the modern world, are being redefined by the age of the Internet and mobile devices.
They may get their wish. The city council, not voters, will decide whether to raise the share of property taxes that go toward the library by the requested 21 percent, or perhaps by some smaller amount. The public will get to share its opinions at a hearing.
But underlying this request is a much larger question. Is it ethically proper for governments to raise taxes to build new facilities without also, at the same time, covering the cost of operating and maintaining them?
In recent years, the city opened two new library braches —Glendale and Marmalade — without any budget for maintenance.
Give credit where it is due. President Trump raised eyebrows this week when he said the Australians have better health care than the United States. He followed that up with this tweet:
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Jay Evensen is the Senior Editorial Columnist of the Deseret News. He has 32 years experience as a reporter, editor and editorial writer in Oklahoma, New York City, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. He also has been an adjunct journalism professor at Brigham Young and Weber State universities.