To the Editor:
As a Streator voter for over 65 years, I have rarely voted for a tax increase. On the March 17 ballot, I will vote to increase the Streator Public Library's tax to .23%, which is the first tax increase in 50 years. It will cost me less than a tank of gas and a great gift to my grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The Andrew Carnegie gift is one of Streator's most beautiful and historic buildings. It gives Streator many benefits. The $8.40 to $34.50 a year is a minimal amount that you and I can contribute to this wonderful facility.
The staff does a remarkable job on low wages. Due to the state of Illinois' minimum wage increases over the next five years, labor costs will also be raised. Let's keep dedicated people running this very necessary part of Streator's future.
Vote yes on the small .23% increase.
MARYANN PEDELTY, of Streator