Under the expert guidance of Tara O'Reilly, our wonderful library constantly labors to re-invent itself,
continuing as a source of the written word, while burgeoning as a community center for adults and children
All, however, is not nearly as "hunky dory" as it appears on the surface to be. Since our successful
Save Our Library campaign, it seems that a perception has come into the consciousness of our
community that our library is on sound footing financially. The reality is much different.
Our State no longer provides funding for public libraries.
Our county provides a miserly $5.98 per capita, which translated for this fiscal year to $97,451, which is merely 40% of the
money required to meet the budget, while our Friends organization (thanks in large measure to your generosity) provides
25% ($61,534) of the money to meet this budget, plus an additional $4,722 to pay for the Summer Reading Program
Another perception that persists is that the use of our bookstore is free. This is false. We pay the City $1,050 per month ($12,600)
in rent (which is very generous of the City, since the fair market rent for this space would be much more).
One way to ensure the ongoing viability of our library would be to approve a relatively small parcel tax or increase
in the local sales tax to be used solely for paying the expenses of operating our library. Our Board of Directors is
examining this issue to see if a new community based organization should be set up to manage a campaign to put such a
measure on the June 2014 ballot. If you would be willing to help out in any way with such an effort, please let me know.
Thank you all very much for your continuing support.