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      Case fee increase passed for Law Library

      Laureen Kelly with the Albany Law Library went before city commissioners Tuesday morning to ask for an increase in case fees. / Courtney Highfield


      Laureen Kelly with the Albany Law Library went before city commissioners Tuesday morning to ask for an increase in case fees.

      The commission passed an increase that will take the $2 fee to $5 but not without discussion.

      Kelly stressed how expensive materials are getting, she's facing an 11% increase in cost of digital information per year. Some of her books are from 2009, which is a disservice to citizens looking for current laws and information.

      Right now the library has .03% of the county budget and the increase will take that to .08%.

      Jon Howard asked if commissioners would change the increase to $4 rather than $5 because he feels some may not be able to afford it but his request was denied.

      The increased fee will bring the library an estimated extra $26,000 per year.

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