The Walkerton-Lincoln Township Public Library is open, but with limited hours just a few days after the IRS put a lien on the library for failure to pay back federal withholding taxes.
St. Joesph County Auditor Peter Mullen told WKVI that the library was in arrears approximately $48,000 and the IRS contacted his office to file the necessary paperwork to put a lien on the library. The library closed in mid-May and just reopened on a limited schedule.
In the last week, the IRS and Walkerton Library officials have made arrangements to keep them in business by not seizing $17,000 from tax distributions that are to be made to the library in the tax draw. The library was to receive $44,000 in a tax draw Monday. It will be decided how to pay the remainder of the money owed in a later setting.
The library is now open on Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. This schedule is only good until July 1 when it is reevaluated. The library is now run solely on volunteers.