GCLD reviews two budgets for ballot measure
October 13, 2016
GCLD welcomed two new board members: Carol Hunter, serving the At Large A seat from Grand Lake, and Marcus Davis, At Large B seat from Hot Sulphur Springs, during their regular Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, October 11 at the Granby Library.
Jim Sloan, the new District 3 trustee from Kremmling was not present.
The GCLD received a grant from the Lyons Club of $1,500, which will be used to extend the ebook collection. The board reported on the 1,000 books before kindergarten program, which encourages all Grand County families and caregivers to read 1,000 books with their young children before they enter kindergarten. The program was expected to recruit 50 children in the first year, but in 2016, 249 children have registered and a total of 55,800 books have been read, according to the board.
On the forefront of everyone's mind, it seemed, was the increased mill levy tax that is on the ballot for the November election. GCLD staff member Tara Ingle presented two separate 2017 budgets to the GCLD board and public at the meeting: one budget for if the mill levy passes, and one for if it does not.
If the mill levy passes, it will increase the mills to 3.36 from 2.41, an increase of .95 mills. The two budgets presented by the GCLD showed financials of both the increased mill levy and the current mill levy without the increase.
The 2.41 mill levy budget was presented should the ballot question fail. Ingle said that in both cases, increased mill levy or not, the Library District will be removing contingencies from the budget, reducing personnel costs, reducing the technology budget, reducing the media budget and adjusting the employee benefits. At the same time, the Library District is increasing revenues through increasing fines, fees and implementing a charge for booking the meeting rooms, according to Ingle.
If the ballot initiative passes, the 3.36 budget will allow the library district to pay off the debt on the Juniper and Granby libraries by 2026 and move towards a balanced budget while maintaining library services in all five branches. If the mill levy question does not pass, however, the 2.41 mills budget will include the closure of a branch.
The board unanimously approved both budgets presented. Copies of the approved budgets are available at gcld.org.