Funds to be used for expansion of services
• Special to the Daily Leader
The Plains Community Library is in the process of applying for Kansas Community Service Tax Credits from the Kansas Department of Commerce.
These tax credits would be used to complete an expansion project for the Plains Community Library to better meet the needs of the community.
According to a survey recently completed by the State Data Center and the Kansas Library Association, there has been a significant increase in library use – both in circulation and computer use. The Plains Community Library is a local testament to this data.
The library in Plains is the only location in the community that offers free wireless Internet service. The increase of technology use by patrons of all ages, as well as the over-crowded children and teen sections, has created a need for more space. The library board has been discussing the need for expansion for some time; previous library board members have been careful with finances to allow the library to have a cash reserve to pursue this project “someday.”
The initial discussions were to pursue the expansion in various stages; however, with the opportunity to be awarded Kansas Community Service Tax Credits, the library expansion project could happen now!
The tax credits are awarded somewhat like a grant, but donors who contribute to the project receive a Kansas tax credit in the amount of 60 percent of their gift. That tax credit can be used to “pay” the donor’s Kansas taxes. Several area projects have been funded by the tax credits including the Copeland Senior Center, expansion of the children’s section of the Ulysses Library, improvements at the Meade hospital and Shepherd of the Plains Long-Term Care facility in Cimarron.
The application is due July 2, 2009. Interested supporters can assist the library board pursue this opportunity by (1) writing a letter of support for the library expansion project and/or (2) writing a letter to reserve the opportunity to support the library financially by using some of the tax credits. Please contact the Plains Community Library at (620) 563-7326 or library board members for more information.