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Advantages and Disadvantages

ADVANTAGES TO FORMING A LIBRARY DISTRICT

  • Funding is secured directly from library users rather than competing with other city or county departments.
  • Funding is relatively stable – based on property taxes, not sales taxes.
  • Because funding is more stable, so is the consistency of the planning process.
  • Autonomy, greater independence in decision making, greater focus on library services, greater freedom from political infighting.
  • A single purpose district has greater tax-payer accountability and organizational focus.
  • Unspent dollars can be retained for future years.  No “use it or lose it.”
  • Generally speaking, library districts tend to be better funded than other public libraries.

DISADVANTAGES TO FORMING A LIBRARY DISTRICT

  • New costs, such as building insurance, facilities maintenance, legal fees, personnel administration, and technology management.
  • Adherence to state budget regulations – learn a new set of rules, pay for your own audit, etc.
  • State budget limits and constitutional limits such as “TABOR” and “Gallagher” apply to library districts directly.
  • Mill levy increases depend on election campaigns.
  • The transition year is difficult, requiring a large board and staff commitment – setting policy, legal advice, education, etc.  Then step back!!
  • Nobody to blame but yourself!  It requires a cultural shift from “Blame it on the council or commission,” to “WE are responsible.”

 

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