Jeffrey C. Mando, Mary Ann Stewart, and Louis D. Kelly scored a huge victory for public libraries in a landmark decision issued by the Kentucky Court of Appeals in two cases: Coleman, et. al. v. Campbell County Public Library, 2013-CA-000874-MR, and Kuhnhein v. Kenton County Public Library, 2013-CA-001010-MR. The Court of Appeals reversed earlier unfavorable decisions issued by the Campbell and Kenton County Circuit Courts and affirmed that the method of taxation employed by these two libraries, as well as, every other library in the Commonwealth for the past thirty years, is consistent with Kentucky statutory law. The Court agreed with ASWD’s arguments that libraries as public entities are entitled to set tax rates in the same manner as any other special purpose governmental entity. The case garnered state-wide as well as national attention because the consequences of a loss would have resulted in the drastic reduction of library services and even closure of many public libraries throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
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