January 15, 2021

Utah: Salt Lake City Library Eliminates Late Fees, Seeks Property Take Hike

From The Deseret News:

The Salt Lake City Library board of directors voted to do away with overdue fines, but the policy change comes the same year library officials are seeking a 21 percent property tax increase.

The library board voted unanimously Monday night to cancel the 20-cents-per-day fines, aiming to stop “disproportionately” impacting low-income community members, Peter Bromberg, the library’s executive director, said in a combined KSL/Deseret News editorial board meeting earlier in the day.

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The policy shift, scheduled to take effect July 1, is expected to cost the library $148,000 next year, though Bromberg said the cost may be offset by savings in staff time that’s otherwise spent negotiating fees and reconciling payments.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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