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Library Board Talks About Levy, Circulation




Helen Row, president of the Archbold Community Library Board, said board members discussed, but took no action, on a possible levy request.

The discussion came during the Monday night, July 21, meeting.

The library currently collects a four-tenths (.4) of a mill levy which generates an estimated $91,345 annually for operation of the facility.

Row said the board will probably submit paperwork to place the levy on the May 5, 2009 spring election ballot.

She said the board has not made a decision on whether to renew the levy or replace it.

If the levy is renewed it will be assessed against property owners based on a reduced millage rate, to counter the effects of inflated property values.

Currently, the effective millage rate is .393068 for owners of residential or agricultural property, and 3.99216 for commercial and industrial property.

If the board opts to replace the levy, it will be assessed against property owners at the full four-mill level.

The board has several months before it must make a decision. Row said library officials will discuss their needs with Nancy Yackee, Fulton County auditor, before making a decision.

Circulation

The library circulation reports for May and June shows that circulation is down.

Total circulation in May was 10,671 items; during the same month in 2007, total circulation was 11,619, a drop of 948 items, or about 8.16%.

In June, the library circulated 13,290 items, down 828 from 14,118 in June 2007. The percentage of drop is 5.86%.

“We’re not sure what’s contributing to that. Circulation is down, and down significantly.”

She said while the number of books being checked out is down, there is more Internet use, and the staff is busy assisting patrons.

She said the needs of library patrons may be changing.

By-Laws

Row said proposed new library board bylaws were tabled.

Books left over after the library book sale will be sent to the Fulton County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ Triangular Processing for recycling as scrap paper.

Row said library officials had originally planned to ship the leftover books to a used-book distributor.

However, the distributor has a list of books it will accept, and there are not enough titles on the list to make it worthwhile.

Notes from Joyce Klingelsmith, library director, stated that as of July 15, the book sale netted $1,720. It ends this week. Klingelsmith was absent from the meeting, due to vacation.

Library officials also will dispose of old records, some of which date back to the 1930s.

Row said the library is required to keep records for five years, with the exception of payroll records and some state reports.

Disposing of the several boxes of records will bring the library into compliance with its own policy, she said.

Exec Session

Row said the board met in executive session to discuss raises and benefits for library employees.

No action resulted from the closed-door session, she said.

Next board meeting is set for Monday, Sept. 15, 7 pm, at the library.


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