March 18, 2018

Fairfax County Requesting Library Donations in Tax Forms

By LJ Staff

Fairfax County, VA, has come up with an innovative way to raise funding for public services, including libraries. Now included in real estate and personal property tax forms that are mailed to citizens twice a year are additional papers soliciting donations either to libraries, schools, or parks. “People can target their contributions to services they’re interested in,” County Executive Anthony H. Griffin said. Griffin has requested a five percent cut across the board to county departments those reductions matched with the state cuts makes for lean times for libraries and schools. The money collected will be forwarded to private foundations that raise money for public services, which traditionally target corporate sponsors, leaving private donors as an untapped resource for these groups. The Fairfax County Library Foundation has raised several million dollars since its founding in 1994.