Lemon: Demand not there for countywide library

Residents living outside Logan have not rushed to purchase a card for the Logan Library since the cost was reduced under a city and county trial agreement about six months ago.Under the agreement, Logan reduced the cost for a card from $163 to $100, and Cache County agreed to pay $30 toward the cost of a card for anyone living in the unincorporated area of the county. So far, however, only eight people have requested that $30 payment for a card.Cache County Executive Lynn Lemon said that 146 cards have been issued for the library to non-Logan residents, and fewer than 50 of those have been since the cost was lowered.That lack of interest does not paint a positive picture for a countywide library system developing anytime soon.”There simply isn’t a demand,” Lemon said. “I know there are people that really want … a countywide library, but you can’t go out an invest $3.3 or $3.6 million in a system if there’s not a demand for it, and right now, there’s not a demand for it.”Lemon said things could change before the end of the 18-month agreement, after which the issue of a countywide library is scheduled to be placed on the election ballot.

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