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The nucleus of the Washington County Public Library was actually  planted in September of 1955 when Miss Margaret Willis.  Three counties shared “a green truck” with one driver, Mrs. Gertrude Smith,  taking reading material to the  public in rural areas. In April 1962, the “green  truck” was exchanged for a larger bookmobile; however, the needs of the people could not be satisfactorily supported. In September 1963, a  sample library was set up in two very small rooms at the old L&N  Depot building.  


Washington County,  as of July 2, 1964, became an established Public Library District. The Library was moved to larger quarters in the  Burns building on West Main Street, where it opened its doors on October  13, 1964.  

Early in the year of 1965, the Library Board secured an option on a lot  of East Main Street between Carey & Son’s Funeral Home and the  Telephone Company office. On April 14, the ground was broken  for a “one story Colonial type building with a basement room under the  rear portion.” The total cost of this building, equipment, and lot was  approximately $119,000. 


In 2012, Washington County Public Library purchased a parcel of land  located between Fairgrounds Lane and Haydon Alley on US 150-West Main  Street. The Library was awarded a Public Library Facilities  Construction Grant from the State in 2015.  On  September 28, 2015 ground was broken at 333 West Main Street in  Springfield for the new 10,360 square foot library. An official ribbon cutting ceremony was  held on November 15, 2017…50 years of celebrating a library facility in  Washington County.  


Taxing District

  

The Washington County Public Library is a taxing district as defined by KRS 65.180 (Kentucky General Assembly, KRS Chapter 65, 2019). More specifically, the Library is a Special Purpose Government Entity (or SPGE), Non-Enterprise with taxing authority. According to KRS 173.720, Subsection 1, “Districts organized pursuant to the provisions of this section prior to July 13, 1984, shall be governed by the provisions of KRS 173.710 to 173.800” (Kentucky General Assembly, KRS Chapter 173, 2019). Subsection 2 of KRS 173.720 lays out the Library’s ability to collect special ad valorem taxes for the Library’s operation. The 1990 General Assembly amended KRS 132.024 permitting a taxing district to “levy a tax rate applicable to personal property which will produce the same percentage increase in revenue from personal property as the percentage increase in revenue from real property” (Kentucky General Assembly, KRS Chapter 132, §1, 2019).  

 

References

KRS Chapter 65 of Kentucky Revised Statutes, Kentucky General Assembly, (2019), 

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/law/statutes/statute.aspx?id=23359

KRS Chapter 132 of Kentucky Revised Statutes, Kentucky General Assembly, (2019), https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/law/statutes/statute.aspx?id=41767

KRS Chapter 173 of Kentucky Revised Statutes, Kentucky General Assembly, (2019), https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/law/statutes/statute.aspx?id=4971

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Washington County Public Library

333 West Main Street, Springfield, Kentucky 40069

(859) 336-7655

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