Prescott, AZ considering charging for public library use
PRESCOTT - With the goal of improving the city's financial condition topping its list of priorities this week, the Prescott City Council focused heavily on the need for new user fees.
Up for discussion at the council's Friday goal-setting retreat were new fees for everything from the Prescott Public Library to public parks and trails.
The retreat, which took place at the downtown public library, featured a full day of discussion with facilitators Albert and Jodie Filardo, who led the council in a variety of priority-setting exercises.
City Councilman Steve Blair kicked off the user-fee discussion, even as he acknowledged that he likely would be "tarred and feathered" for bringing it up.
Blair suggested that fees for the library could generate several hundred thousand dollars per year, which he said could help the city to hire more police officers.