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Public library to operate on $1.3 million budget next year

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$500,000 will carry over from this year

By Calen McKinney

Taylor County’s public library will operate with more than $1.3 million next fiscal year, which includes an estimated $500,000 leftover from this fiscal year.

Board members discussed the library’s 2013-2014 fiscal year budget during their regular meeting on Monday. After their approval, the budget heads to the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives and Taylor County Fiscal Court members.

The KDLA must scrutinize the budget before awarding any money to the library. In the budget, it is estimated the library will receive $10,000 from KDLA.

Fiscal Court members don’t approve the library’s budget. They only file it in the county’s records.

At Monday’s meeting, Board members discussed setting aside some money to plan for future projects and expansions.

The renovation of the Gabehart lumber building into the new library cost about $1 million and was paid for entirely with the library’s savings.

Board President John Miller said he believes the library should have a reserve fund in its budget for future projects.

One the library might want to research, he said, is purchasing a new bookmobile. The current bookmobile is a 2008 model, and Library Director Julia Turpin said it is being maintained very well.

Turpin said the library could begin saving $10,000 a year toward the purchase of a new bookmobile. A new one could be purchased every five to 10 years.

Miller said he believes the last bookmobile cost between $50,000 and $60,000 and the Board then paid for someone to outfit it.

He said he also likes the idea of putting aside some money for future expansions and suggested putting $200,000 next fiscal year into a savings account.

After some discussion, Board Treasurer Pat Webster made a motion to approve the budget, which Vice President Eddie Hazelwood seconded and was then unanimously approved.

In the budget, the library’s income comes from the local tax, copy and fax fees, donations, interest, the KDLA’s contribution and grants. Taxes account for the majority of the revenue at $785,500. On the expense side, the purchase of books next fiscal year is earmarked at $53,000.

Turpin’s salary is $52,000, according to the budget, which is up from $45,000 in the 2012-2013 fiscal year, and salaries for other personnel tally $310,000. Including insurance and retirement, personnel costs at the library next fiscal year account for $490,000.

In the general operation category, $100,000 has been set aside for building repair and the rest of the $238,700 budget accounts for utilities, supplies, equipment, fees, computer costs, education and more.

The budget has a 24.15 percent contingency fund, which totals $320,400, and the $200,000 and $10,000 set aside for reserve and bookmobile savings, respectively.

The library’s budget will soon be posted in its entirety on the library’s website at www.taylorcountypubliclibrary.org.

Also at the Meeting:

• In her monthly report, Turpin said circulation in April increased 112 percent when compared to March. She said that was expected, since the library was closed for part of March.
Circulation totals for this past April are considerably higher than last April, Turpin said, at an overall increase of 50 percent.

She said nonfiction books are being checked out much more often than in the past, which could be because they are now shelved right in front of fiction books.

Turpin said 146 adults and 317 children came to the library in April to attend programs.
“It’s really good foot traffic,” she said.

Turpin said she is considering placing books available for check out near the circulation desk to allow readers to make “impulse” checkouts.

• Miller said he and Turpin recently met with Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young to discuss installing a fence behind the library to separate the city and library’s properties. The city houses some equipment behind the library. The fence will cut down on the visibility of that equipment and add some security to the area, Miller said. He said a door will enclose the library’s dumpster. The city has agreed to install the fence, he said.

Hazelwood said there is some drain work yet to be done but, other than that, the new library is complete.

“Well, I’ve heard nothing but good about the building,” he said.

Turpin said city workers brought some dirt to the library so landscaping can be planned. She said she will talk with Campbellsville University officials about creating a design and some volunteers have agreed to do the work.

Miller said he suggests the library pave the road in front of its building and then deed it to the city. Hazelwood said the cost could be about $15,000. The Board agreed.

• Webster said she asked county officials to provide recycling bins for the library. Three bins will be used.

• Turpin told Board members that she is waiting on a final bill from Blevins Construction Co., the company that oversaw the renovation of the Gabehart Lumber building into the new library. She said she will soon meet with Blevins officials to make sure all work has been completed.

Hazelwood said the library also owes a glass company for some work and the $18,000 balance in the library’s construction account should cover any remaining costs.

• In her monthly report, Outreach Librarian Bonnie Webster said she read to five daycares in April, 32 school classes, eight babies, 17 children during story hour and hosted an adult program. In all, Webster read to 645 children and had 38 programs.

Turpin said there are no other libraries in the state that have someone who does what Webster does.

She said Webster has read to two and three generations of family members. She said children often recognize Webster and talk to her in the community.

“So you know the kids in our community are being read to,” Turpin said.

• Members heard the month’s financial report from Pat Webster. The report totals about $634,000, which includes a checkbook balance of about $97,000.