Forming a District Library Presentation 2014

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Forming a District Library Presentation by Mayor Michael Armitage for Council Meeting March 10, 2014

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Forming a District Library Presentation 2014

  1. 1. © 2003 By Default! A Free sample background from www.awesomebackgrounds.com Slide 1 Forming a District LibraryForming a District Library Presented by:Presented by: Mayor Michael ArmitageMayor Michael Armitage City of Milan, MichiganCity of Milan, Michigan
  2. 2. © 2003 By Default! A Free sample background from www.awesomebackgrounds.com Slide 2 Current Milan Public LibraryCurrent Milan Public Library  A public library formed under the authority ofA public library formed under the authority of the City of Milan Code of Ordinances.the City of Milan Code of Ordinances.  Primarily funded by a dedicated tax.Primarily funded by a dedicated tax.  Only city residents pay the library tax.Only city residents pay the library tax.  Service area includes the City of Milan; theService area includes the City of Milan; the school district portions of York Twp, Pittsfieldschool district portions of York Twp, Pittsfield Twp; and all of Augusta Twp.Twp; and all of Augusta Twp.  Penal fine revenues are generated on a perPenal fine revenues are generated on a per capita formula for the entire service area, butcapita formula for the entire service area, but those are minimal.those are minimal.  Elected library board of only city residents.Elected library board of only city residents.
  3. 3. © 2003 By Default! A Free sample background from www.awesomebackgrounds.com Slide 3 Current Problems:Current Problems:  City residents essentially subsidize libraryCity residents essentially subsidize library service for non-residents in the service areaservice for non-residents in the service area (Augusta, portions of York, and Pittsfield).(Augusta, portions of York, and Pittsfield).  Those in the school district, outside the city,Those in the school district, outside the city, but in Monroe County are not in the servicebut in Monroe County are not in the service area. Residents of Milan Township, forarea. Residents of Milan Township, for example, are only serviced by the Monroeexample, are only serviced by the Monroe County Library System.County Library System.  Revenues are not proportional to serviceRevenues are not proportional to service area.area.  As a city library, funding options for anAs a city library, funding options for an expansion are limited.expansion are limited.
  4. 4. © 2003 By Default! A Free sample background from www.awesomebackgrounds.com Slide 4 HistoryHistory The idea of a district library has been floated atThe idea of a district library has been floated at different times over the last 12 years. Theredifferent times over the last 12 years. There has been a group of citizens and libraryhas been a group of citizens and library board officials meeting over the last twoboard officials meeting over the last two years to research the topic.years to research the topic.
  5. 5. © 2003 By Default! A Free sample background from www.awesomebackgrounds.com Slide 5 Benefits of a District Library:Benefits of a District Library:  The entire service area would have a taxThe entire service area would have a tax levied, not just the city.levied, not just the city.  City residents may see a tax decrease as theCity residents may see a tax decrease as the tax is spread out across the entire servicetax is spread out across the entire service area.area.  Allow for better funding options for buildingAllow for better funding options for building expansion or facility upgrades as necessary.expansion or facility upgrades as necessary.  Ideally, the entire Milan Area School districtIdeally, the entire Milan Area School district would be in the local library service area.would be in the local library service area.  Any resident in the service district would beAny resident in the service district would be eligible to serve on the library board.eligible to serve on the library board.
  6. 6. © 2003 By Default! A Free sample background from www.awesomebackgrounds.com Slide 6 Benefits of a District Library:Benefits of a District Library:  Help combat “summer reading loss” byHelp combat “summer reading loss” by providing library service to the entire schoolproviding library service to the entire school district.district.  With an expanded service area, students inWith an expanded service area, students in the Milan Area School district would havethe Milan Area School district would have equal library access.equal library access.
  7. 7. © 2003 By Default! A Free sample background from www.awesomebackgrounds.com Slide 7 How to form a district library:How to form a district library:  It is an agreement between twoIt is an agreement between two municipalities (can include a city and schoolmunicipalities (can include a city and school district) to provide library service.district) to provide library service.  Steps (note that 1-3 are only suggested):Steps (note that 1-3 are only suggested): 1) Preliminary meetings with library officials,1) Preliminary meetings with library officials, public, and municipality representatives.public, and municipality representatives. 2) Resolutions of the participating boards2) Resolutions of the participating boards maymay adopt resolutions to appoint membersadopt resolutions to appoint members to a district library planning committee andto a district library planning committee and identifying the intent to form a district library.identifying the intent to form a district library.
  8. 8. © 2003 By Default! A Free sample background from www.awesomebackgrounds.com Slide 8 How to form a district library:How to form a district library:  Suggested steps (continued):Suggested steps (continued): 3) The district library planning committee3) The district library planning committee develops a proposed district librarydevelops a proposed district library agreement. Things to consider:agreement. Things to consider: -district library board make up (appointed-district library board make up (appointed or elected)or elected) -Number of board members-Number of board members 4) The municipal attorneys develop a final4) The municipal attorneys develop a final district library agreement based on thedistrict library agreement based on the proposal from the planning committee. Theproposal from the planning committee. The municipalities plus the public library boardmunicipalities plus the public library board must adopt resolutions.must adopt resolutions.
  9. 9. © 2003 By Default! A Free sample background from www.awesomebackgrounds.com Slide 9 How to form a district library:How to form a district library:  Steps (continued):Steps (continued): 5) Filing with the State of Michigan. The5) Filing with the State of Michigan. The state has 30 days to approve or disapprove.state has 30 days to approve or disapprove. 6) A districtwide library milage must go6) A districtwide library milage must go before the voters. If the milage is notbefore the voters. If the milage is not passed, the district library agreement doespassed, the district library agreement does not take effect and therefore the districtnot take effect and therefore the district library is not formed.library is not formed.
  10. 10. © 2003 By Default! A Free sample background from www.awesomebackgrounds.com Slide 10 Challenges:Challenges:  The district library law states that schoolThe district library law states that school districts can only be used as a seconddistricts can only be used as a second municipality in a district library agreementmunicipality in a district library agreement until January 1until January 1stst , 2015. The city has, 2015. The city has contacted our State Representatives in ancontacted our State Representatives in an attempt to amend the law.attempt to amend the law.  The Monroe County Library System mustThe Monroe County Library System must approve the formation of a district library dueapprove the formation of a district library due to the overlapping jurisdiction.to the overlapping jurisdiction.
  11. 11. © 2003 By Default! A Free sample background from www.awesomebackgrounds.com Slide 11 Questions?Questions?

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