- Employee Benefit Fund - Capital Improvement Fund (CIF)
Other Income Sources
Budget Creation Timeline City and Township Libraries March – May – Develop Library Budget Review last year expenses Get prior year’s tax revenue breakout from City, Township or County Use previous year’s November certified valuation June Present to City Council or Township Board
MENU ITEM Your “taxing entity” thinks: There are lots of other “big pots” of money Friends, Foundation, etc. The truth: The core functions of the public library are a public responsibility. So, what are your library’s core functions?
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2012 BUDGET ITEMS FUNDING FOR INTERNET SERVICE Kan-ed has uncertain future Need at least a T1 and most need more Minimal E-Rate E-book Services
MENU ITEM The Library Board is not experienced enough to develop a proper budget. REALLY!?! The Library Board and Director must: Understand state budget law Library law The budget timeline How the library budget impacts the city
WHAT THEY WANT AND WHEN Who is “they”? Do they want all your revenue sources? How detailed are the expenditures to be? In what format do they want the information presented?
“OWN YOUR NUMBERS”* Know your stuff Know where “your” stuff is in “their” stuff Know how “your” stuff impacts “their” stuff Know why “your” stuff matters to and for the community *Quote from Alice Sizer Warren, Budgeting: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians, Neal-Schuman Publishers, New York, 1998.
MENU ITEM(City Councils, Township Boards & District members) The library is NOT an essential community service. SAYS WHO?!? Public investment for entire community Serves ALL ages, education levels Serves more residents directly than police and fire department combined
REALITY PUBLIC LIBRARY The Facts— 5,016 card holders Circulation statistics 52,744 Total books circulated Avg. cost for book - $25.00 3,034 population in community Total tax support $59,122 Library open 51 hours per week Public Access Computers (7) used 15,780 times in 2006 Average time of use 1 hour per use
REALITY PUBLIC LIBRARY THE STORY . . . Reality Public Library saved taxpayers $1,318,600.00 in 2004. Current tax support of library is $19.49 per person Tax support of $19.49 per person returns $434.61 of services per person.
WHY BOTHER? Gives the library positive publicity Gives the City/Township positive publicity May help increase tax support. . . Reaffirms that the public library is a positive public service and important public investment for the community.
YEAR-ROUND EFFORT LIBRARY NEWSLETTER “GOOD NEWS VISITS” AT COUNCIL PACKET STUFFERS FOR COUNCIL OTHERS??
The Message What’s great about your library? 5 Quick Facts Develop a consistent message – Target Various Groups Use stories to illustrate the message
Targets of the Message Who do you know? Who do “they” know? Develop a contact information list
Police Chief is a cousin Daughter is in National Honor Society Serve on church committee with newspaper editor Best Friend on City Council Parents golf with the banker Husband volunteers with Parks & Rec Commission You volunteer at the hospital
“Recent cost/benefit analyses using tools developed by business and industry suggest that public librariesoften outpace other sectorsin the efficient use of tax dollars.”* *Key Findings in Brief from the American Council of Libraries Council Report, Worth Their Weight: An Assessment of the Evolving Field of Library Valuation, www.actforlibraries.org
In the News Hold a political forum Be a factor in a political campaign Positive Publicity