How long would you pay for services you don’t need?
For most people, the answer is probably “not long.” For Columbia County, however, it’s been charged for several years for services it no longer uses from the state’s library system.
Fortunately, that’s about to end.
As noted in a story this past week in The News-Times, the East Central Georgia Regional Library System Board agrees that, at least for next year, Columbia County won’t have to pay $130,000 for services we don’t use.
How kind of them.
In essence, until this change, Columbia County was a victim of its own success. Ever since the drive to build the new main library in Evans, our county has been light-years ahead of progress in the rest of the hidebound region – but the government body has continued to cling to an Augusta-centric status quo.
The professional staff in Columbia County long ago quit using any services offered by the region, and the region even longer ago stopped buying books for Columbia County’s patrons. Yet the county has continued to be required to pay rising fees as part of the state system.
Thankfully, the persistence of Columbia County Community and Leisure Services Director Barry Smith paid off – and taxpayers next year won’t have to pay up. As a bonus, the state also is giving the county funding for a state library position that otherwise would have gone to Augusta.
More changes in the out-of-date system are needed, and some might be coming soon. But a $185,000 benefit for Columbia County taxpayers is a good start.