Allegany County Library budget, Feb 1960
County Library Group Sets $66,500 Budget
A citizens committee on a proposed Allegany County Library last night approved a budget of $66,500 which will be submitted to the Allegany County Board of Commissioners with a recommendation the board take action to create the program.
Some 35 representative citizens from a number of communities around the county attended the meeting at the Cumberland Free Public Library to hear Miss Helen Clark, director of the Maryland Division of Library Extension. Allegany is the largest of six Maryland counties still lacking a county-wide library.
Miss Clark offered an illustration she received from a Cecil County farm family to prove the value of a county library with a bookmobile. Each member of this particular family of five borrowed two books from the bookmobile every two week when it came to their area. That meant 260 books borrowed in a year with a total value of about $780. Tax money paid by the farmer to support the library amounted to about $2.
The director of the Division of Library Extension stressed that the proposed three cents on each $100 of assessed property sought from the county commissioners here would amount to only $3 a year for the owner of property with an assessed valuation of $10,000.
Mrs. William A. Cook, secretary of the Allegany County Library Committee, presented the proposed budget to the group at the library last night. In the course of discussion of the need for a county library here, retired Judge George. Henderson pointed out that some [?] years ago Cumberland was shortsighted about the importance of libraries and has suffered ever since as a result. About the year 1900, Andrew Carnegie offered Cumberland $25,000 for the establishment of a library but for some reason it was turned down. He expressed hope that the county commissioners this year will realize that a county library is essential to the entire county.
Another significant point made last night was that prospective new industry is encouraged to go to the community with adequate library facilities.
Besides the four communities of Cumberland, LaVale, Frostburg and Westernport, which now have libraries, other communities represented last night were Bowman’s Addition, Lonaconing, Corriganville, Piney Plains and Bedford Road.
To inform the Allegany County Board of Commissioners of the need for a countywide library, Mrs. Cook has prepared a 16 page booklet on proposed library service for the county.
During the past fiscal year, the Cumberland library operated on a $29,665.66 budget, $27,300 of which constituted the city appropriation. The county library committee has suggested that this city appropriation be discontinued with the establishment of the county library, as city taxpayers also pay well over half of the county taxes.
Schools recommended for direct service include Barton, Central at Lonaconing, Corriganville, Cresaptown, Elkhart, Ellerslie, Flintstone, McCoole, Midland, Mount Savage, Oldtown and Piney Plains, where no library service is now available.
Cumberland Evening News
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