Area officials warn costs could rise in countywide district

Johnson County’s three library districts continue to look for ways to cooperate but want to stay separate because they don’t think combining would save money and want to keep more local people involved in running the branches.

Library directors said combining the county’s three library districts into one might increase some costs. And if Greenwood and Edinburgh were added to the county district, those libraries no longer would have community residents overseeing spending and management.

A state report released in late 2007 suggested consolidation of library districts and other local governments, such as townships, as a way to save taxpayers money and increase service.

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