The Archbold Library Board approved a 2014 temporary budget of $471,401 during its Wednesday, May 8 meeting.
That is down about 2.7% from the 2013 budget of $484,280.
However, the library board almost never spends the full amount budgeted.
In previous years, spending has been about 77% of the budgeted figure. The library typically ends each year with cash on hand, referred to as carryover.
Carryover money helps the library, and other government organizations, operate for the first few months of each new year until they receive their share of tax revenue.
The library’s anticipated carryover for 2014 is $90,000.
For 2014, library officials estimate their share of the Ohio Public Library Fund will be $210,484, up slightly from the previous year.
Revenue from the library property tax levy is expected to generate $120,285, while the Ohio Commercial Activity Tax, or CAT tax, is estimated to generate $17,211.
The largest anticipated expense for 2014 is payroll, at $248,500.
A total of $25,000 is budgeted for purchasing books: $17,000 for adult books and $8,000 for juveniles.
Joyce Klingelsmith, library director, said she was cutting back on her original plan to create an area in library for teenagers.
She said she had not heard back from the company she had asked for design assistance. She also talked to area library directors about the idea.
She said she is moving some furniture around in the library, making a space near the west bay windows more conducive to teens.
Klingelsmith said there was some excitement in the library the day before the meeting.
A boy, possibly a teenager, ran into the library with a T-shirt wrapped around his head.
The youth let out what Klingelsmith called a “bloodcurdling scream” and ran through the library once before running back out the door.
Klingelsmith speculated the boy was trying to impress a young girl. She said she was able to determine the boy’s name.
She told board members, “If he comes in again, we’ll have a chat.”
Board members also approved two “letters of agreement,” spelling out the job requirements and descriptions for Klingelsmith and Jennifer Harkey, library fiscal officer.
Board members worked on the documents for several months.
Board members also approved a measure allowing Klingelsmith to adjust her work schedule to attend classes at the Anabaptist Mennonite Seminary in Elkhart, Ind.
She said she is working towards a certificate in theological studies.
When asked by Helen Rowe, board member, what the certificate would apply to, Klingelsmith said, “Nothing. It’s just learning for the sake of learning.”
The board approved her request.