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Library Board Expects Another Funding Cut

  The Archbold Community Library Board ended 2009 with $34,094.73 to carry into 2010, which, with an additional $18,000 in state funding, should be enough.

The amount will carry the library through until February or March, when the library will receive property tax money from the county.

“I think we’ll be all right,” Joyce Klingelsmith, library director, told board members at the board’s Wednesday, Jan. 13, meeting.

Jennifer Harkey, library fiscal officer, told board members she was able to meet all payroll expenses, and close all purchase orders at the end of the year.

The board won’t receive revenue from the new property tax levy approved by voters last year until February or March.

 

State Support

Klingelsmith told board members that state support for libraries in Ohio during 2009 was 18.12% less than in 2008. The original estimate was for a 20% reduction.

For 2010, Klingelsmith said she was told libraries can expect a 6% cut from what was received in 2009.

In January 2009, the Archbold Community Library received $21,327 from the State of Ohio. The January 2010 payment was $18,251. 

The library is expecting about $210,000 from the State of Ohio for 2010.

In 2008, the library received about $271,000; in 2009, it was around $221,000.

Klingelsmith told the board recent legislation to delay the last cut in the state income tax resulted in an additional $5,300 for the Archbold Community Library.

 

Electricity

Harkey said the electric bill was down $1,715 in 2009. The 2008 bill was $19,404; in 2009, it was $17,689.

Klingelsmith said the reduction was the result of lights being turned off on Wednesday evenings, Fridays, and Sundays, when the library was closed.

The library closed those days to cut costs.

She said the closures went into effect July 6 of last year, so the cost savings only represent six months of reduced hours.

 

Circulation

In the circulation report, Helen Rowe, board member, said with reduced hours there were about the same number of patrons visiting the library per day.

The average number per day was 452 for 2008 and 2009, even though the library was open 38 fewer days.

The library issued 133,284 items during 2009, which was down about 11% from 2008.

The number of visitors was down by 20,344, to 76,260.

However, Klingelsmith said she believes the new patron counter at the front door undercounts the number of visitors.

The old counter was suspected of over-counting. For example, one day, it recorded 572,000 visitors. That’s more than the population of Cleveland.

The number of Internet uses increased by 31, to 9,407.

 

Insurance

The board approved a change in employee health insurance that did not increase premium costs, but did institute a co-pay for prescriptions once the deductible was met. 

Klingelsmith said no one will notice the change unless they suffer a major illness.

The cost to insure the building went up $109, to $4,305.

Board members were told the value of the building, about $1.78 million, was inflated by 4% to arrive at the new premium. Klingelsmith said 15 years ago, the building was constructed for $1.2 million.

The only way to know the value of the building is to have it appraised, which would cost about $1,000. Board members approved the new premium.

During the meeting, Judi Rupp was voted board president; Jed Grisez, vice president; and Corinna Miller, secretary. Miller was absent.

Klingelsmith said the Archbold Area School Board appointed Grisez to a third term.

The next meeting is Wednesday, March 10, 7 pm.–David Pugh. Posted 1.27, 3:35 p.m.

 



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