Library Tax Lawsuit May Have Wide-Ranging Effects in Bluegrass State

Nov 25, 2013

A case pending before the Kentucky Court of Appeals could affect how dozens of libraries across the state are funded.

The decision could affect 79 library districts because they were created by petition but are funded through tax rates determined by House Bill 44.

Circuit judges have sided with residents who filed suit over the funding mechanism and say the tax rate should be rolled back to what it was in 1978 when the libraries were formed.

Attorney Jeff Mando says in a brief for the Campbell County Public Library that rates shouldn't be rolled back because they comply with the law.

The Court of Appeals has agreed to fast-track the case. Briefs are expected to be complete in December and a ruling could follow early next year.