“We are always looking for more money,” Pelletier said.
She suggested that within five years Plattsburgh Public Library become a special tax district. Special districts provide services to people living within them and often cross the lines of towns and villages. Critics complain that the “subgovernments” that are created provide direct access to the public’s pocketbooks.
Pelletier said a special tax district-funded library can provide more services, hire more staff and offer increased outreach, possibly visiting places such as nursing homes and senior housing.
“The money we get from the city will hit a ceiling, and we need to look for further funding,” Pelletier said. “A special tax district can expand the tax base and would include the city and town and a couple other towns. Any town with its own public library would not be part of the tax base.”