Joint councils discuss countywide library system

It’s been talked about for years and now local residents will have a say on a countywide library. At a joint meeting of the Logan Municipal and Cache County councils Tuesday night, the 18 month agreement between the city and county was discussed. Logan City Council Chair Jay Monson said under that agreement Logan has reduced its price for a Library card from $163 to $100 for non-city residents. The county agreed to pay $30 of the cost for residents living in the unincorporated area for 18 months and then put the issue on the ballot in November. Monson says some people oppose a countywide library because they believe it wold be Logan’s chance to get a new library. Logan Mayor Randy Watts says that’s untrue and improvements are being made to the existing library building. “The long term vision of myself,” Watts said, “is that the new library is dead right now, obviously, because of economies and it isn’t even the time to talk about it. “But at some point it is my hope that it will come back and we’re going to be very careful with what we are spending in that existing building to make it functional.” Monson says the ballot question will be a non-binding opinion response. He says if people do not want a countywide library they may support more inter-local agreements.

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