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Library Board Ponders Tax Levy Increase

Thursday, October 22, 2009

A potential increase in the tax levy of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library through a special election was discussed at the October meeting of the library's Board of Trustees.

Jean Berg, library director, told the board that due to Governor Nixon's veto of House Bill 148, the library district has been forced back from 17.43 cents to the 15- cent levy voted by the taxpayers in 1990. The tax levy issue cannot be resolved with any further legislative action, she said.

Berg presented information from her recent visits with Barry and Lawrence County commissioners and county clerks relative to the procedures, the cost and the ballot wording for requesting a potential increase in the library district tax levy. The board took no action on the matter.

In other matters, circulation statistics for the month of September were reviewed. Monett ranked highest with circulation of 9,281 items for the month. Cassville was a close second with 9,039.

Other Branch results, in order, were Mt. Vernon 8,742, Aurora 6,366, Marionville 2,572, Shell Knob 2,415, Pierce City 2,105, Purdy 1,484, Miller 1,100 and Eagle Rock 715. Total for the month was 43,819. In September of last year the total usage was 38,534.

Internet usage continues to climb in all branches, Berg also said.

Berg reported that Janea Coker, Marionville supervisor, is to receive the Red Apple Award in recognition of her community service at the Apple Fest celebration.

The Marionville Branch received a $1,000 donation from the Walmart Foundation, which will be used for programming and other needs.

Several fundraising plans for the proposed Monett Branch building project were announced. These include: Sister Soup mixes to be sold through the winter months at $7 each; a book sale to be held on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11; Thanksgiving pie sale to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 25; and a silent auction planned for Nov. 30 to Dec. 16.

Monthly maintenance and repairs included carpet cleaning at the Aurora Branch for $60, replacement of air-conditioning blower motors and one mount at the Monett Branch for $1,686 and a new microfilm lens at the Mt. Vernon Branch for $311.47.

Berg presented a report indicating that over 1,400 library district borrowers come from surrounding counties. She reviewed what some other libraries in Missouri charge for non-resident usage.

The board voted to approve charging a $20 annual non-resident fee to those who are not Barry or Lawrence county taxpayers, effective Jan. 1, 2010.

The library director noted 765 children, 121 teenagers and 71 adults participated in summer reading activities for all branches. Program attendance was recorded at 6,646 participants.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 12

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