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Presentation given at public community meetings about the Whatcom County Library System's budget and funding issues

Presentation given at public community meetings about the Whatcom County Library System's budget and funding issues

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    • 1. Whatcom County Library System Financial Overview
    • 2. Brief Library History
      • Whatcom County Rural Library District established 1944
      • Last asked voters for increase 29 years ago
      • Over 1.4 million items checked out in 2008
    • 3. 2009 Whatcom County Property Tax Distribution
    • 4. 2009 Budgeted Revenues
    • 5. How the public has been involved
      • Focus Groups on budget priorities and planning
      • Community Poll
      • Citizen’s Advisory Group
      • Budget presentations
      Now it’s your turn
    • 6. Rationale –why is this tax needed?
      • Population growth + demand for services = very busy libraries!
      • Increasing costs
      • Decreasing levy rate
      • Managing for the future
      • According to Washington State Law, going to the voters is the only way to change this equation
    • 7. District Population Growth
    • 8. Demand for Library Services
    • 9. Service Increases
    • 10. Recent Revenues and Expenditures
    • 11. Definitions—Taxes 101
      • Property tax levy
        • Total dollar amount to be collected by a taxing district in a given year.
        • Asotin County Library 2009 = $489,018   
    • 12.
      • Levy lid
        • Statutory limit on the increase in a regular property tax levy—total dollar amount to be collected by taxing district
      • not
        • a limit on the property tax levy rate
      • and not
        • a limit on the amount a property owner’s actual taxes can increase
      Definitions
    • 13.
      • Levy lid lift/override
        • Voter approval to “lift” the levy lid and increase the property tax levy by a higher amount—with the maximum limited by the maximum levy rate allowed by statute
        • Requires majority vote only: 50% + 1
        • Flexibility in amount, duration, and purpose
      Definitions
    • 14. Impact of Levy Lid
      • When the assessed valuation increases by more than 1%, the levy rate must be reduced to an amount that results in a lawful levy amount.
      • Effect is to drive levy rate down.
        • Asotin County 2007 rate = $0.43140
        • Asotin County 2008 rate = $0.40084 
        • Asotin County 2009 rate = $0.38465
    • 15. Impact of Levy Lid A.V. Levy Rate Levy Levy Change Year 0 $500,000,000 $0.400 $200,000 n/a Year 1 550,000,000 (10% a.v. increase) 0.367 202,000 (Yr 0 + 1%) + $2,000 Year 2 600,000,000 (8.3% a.v. increase) 0.340 204,020 (Yr 1 + 1%) + 2,020 over Yr 1 (+ $4,020 over Yr 0)
    • 16. Lifting the Levy Lid: Decisions Lid Lift/Levy Creates New Base A.V. Levy Rate Levy Levy Change Year 0 Lid lift on ballot $500,000,000 $0.400 $200,000 n/a Year 1 Year lid lift effective 550,000,000 (10% a.v. increase) 0.500 275,000 (new base for lid) + $75,000 Year 2 Back to levy lid 600,000,000 (8.3% a.v. increase) 0.463 277,750 (base + 1%) + 2,250 over Yr 1 (+ $77,750 over Yr 0)
    • 17. Levy Rate History
    • 18. What has the library done to reduce costs?
      • Reduced staffing
      • Reduced materials budget
      • Cut training dollars
      • Reduced service hours
      • Reduced expenditures
      • Used savings
      • In addition, fees have been initiated
      • or increased
    • 19. 2008 Budget Savings 2008 Budget 2008 Actual Annual Savings % Savings SALARIES AND WAGES
        • $ 3,521,958
        • $ 3,368,304
        • $ (153,654)
      -4.36% PERSONNEL BENEFITS
        • 1,182,466
        • 1,141,003
        • (41,463)
      -3.51% SUPPLIES
        • 732,855
        • 705,579
        • (27,276)
      -3.72% SERVICES
        • 689,443
        • 639,625
        • (49,818)
      -7.23% INTERGOVERNMENTAL SERVICES
        • 130,625
        • 130,625
        • -
      0.00% TOTAL OPERATING EXPENDITURES
        • $ 6,257,347
        • $ 5,985,136
        • $ (272,211)
      -4.35%
    • 20. Holding the Line in 2009
      • Employee Compensation – Limited to 0.26% Increase Over 2008 Budget
      • Supplies – Limited to 6.67% Increase Over 2008 Budget
        • Primarily Attributed to Fuel and Technology
      • Services – Decreased 2.2% Over 2008 Budget
      • Collection Materials & Databases – Held at 10% of Total Operating Expenditures
    • 21. 2009 Budgeted Expenditures by Service Area
    • 22. 2009 Budgeted Expenditures by Type
    • 23. 2009 Budgeted Operating Expenditures by Type and Service Area
    • 24. What will happen if the measure is not placed on the ballot or is not approved by the voters?
      • Service impact
      • Staff and open hours impact
    • 25. Difficult decision to make
      • Reduce current services
      • Ask voters for a levy lid lift
    • 26. What would a levy lid lift do?
      • Maintain services for 4 or more years
      • Continue to fund the community priorities
      • Continue to evaluate services
    • 27. What are the next steps?
      • Community Gatherings
      • Ongoing open discussion
      • Library Board decision in June
    • 28. Questions?