Citizen’s Library Advisory Ad Hoc Committee
April 24, 2008
City Council Chambers
Churchman, Vavra, Keil, Gibb, Batistella, Burkholder, Mayor Morrison, Seltzer (city staff liaison), Blossom (library staff liaison)
Guests: Jim Bradley, Friends of Talent Library, Ann Guevara, head of Jackson county Branch Libraries, Denise Galarraga Director Jackson county Libraries.
Guest Speaker: Danny Jordan,
I. Call to Order:
The meeting was called to order at 4:00 pm. Members introduced themselves.
II. Citizen Issues:
III. Approval of minutes: Burkholder/Gibb all in favor.
IV. Presentation re: County Funding
Vavra introduced County Administrator Danny Jordan.
Since that time he has restructured the budget and is confident that there are sufficient funds to continue providing the current level of services not only for libraries but for public safety, roads etc over the next four years even without federal funds. His recommendation to the county budget committee is to continue to fund at the current level of services, but he reminded the group that they could decide whether or not to allocate the funds. The County Budget Committee has approved the proposed budget. The
Burkholder asked if O&C did become available would the county increase the level of library services.
Batistella asked if we (the county) needs a new revenue stream.
He does feel confident that the county now has a solid budget foundation from which to work.
CLAC discussion on recommended levy amount.
The group discussed the four-year levy amount they should recommend to the council. Seltzer advised the group that factoring in a 3% increase each year for LSSI, levying 22 cents/$1000 assessed would be sufficient to cover enhanced library services each year through 2013.
Keil made a motion to recommend to the City Council that a levy be placed on the November 2008 ballot requesting 25 cents/$1000 assessed value for a period of four year levy. Second by Churchman. Roll call vote: Keil yes, Gibb yes, Vavra yes, Batistella yes, Churchman yes, Burkholder yes. Motion passed.
If the levy passes, the city will levy the funds beginning July of 2009.
Brief discussion on CLAC presentation to the council on May 5. Vavra, Churchman and Keil will meet with Seltzer to discuss.
Meeting adjourned: 6:00 p.m.