On May 21, 2019, the voters of Hatboro will have the opportunity to vote on this ballot question:
"Shall the Borough of Hatboro establish an annual Special Library Tax to provide for the maintenance of and aid to Union Library Company of Hatborough at the rate of .55 mills on the dollar on all taxable real estate within the Borough of Hatboro?"
In order to better serve the community the library wants to extend its hours, and enhance its offerings with additions and supplements to the following areas: Museum passes, Circulating tablets and other popular devices, Employment databases and resources for job seekers, Genealogy databases, Enhanced programming for children and adults to promote lifelong learning, Streaming movies, Audiobooks streaming, Music streaming, Ebooks, and Computer services including WiFi.
The funding levels on the ballot in 2019 will not only enhance overall library offerings, but will ensure the future of their historic physical structure.
While the library has always had an excellent relationship with Borough Council, the library’s funding has always been at their discretion and is thus unreliable and variable. By establishing the library’s own dedicated funding, a successful referendum will enable the library to modernize, improve current offerings, and to stay open for more hours each week.
Our referendum has bipartisan support, as well as support from local organizations (see their endorsements here). A YES vote on the referendum not only strengthens the library, it strengthens the community.