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The Kentucky League of Women Voters’ Hopkinsville chapter is exploring the logistics of a new tax to support the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library.

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Calloway County Public Library board member and lawyer Ricky Lamkin is hopeful an appellate court decision allowing library taxing districts to continue to tax without a petition won’t be overturned.

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The Kentucky Court of Appeals has reversed a ruling today to allow library districts to raise taxes by four percent each year without requiring a vote from taxpayers.

This move changes the outcome of a 2012 lawsuit filed by the Campbell County Tea Party which claimed the districts could not raise taxes without a voter referendum if they were created by a petition. About 80 Kentucky library districts were created by petition.

State Senator Jerry Rhoads of Madisonville is sponsoring a bill to create an alternate option for creating a library tax district in counties that do not already have one. The bill allows fiscal courts in those counties to create a library tax district by ordinance. The county’s judge-executive would then appoint a five-member library board to decide the tax rate.

Rhoads says there are several counties including Hopkins and Christian that could benefit from this bill if passed.