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FACTS AND FIGURES ABOUT THE LIBRARY’S DISTRICT INITIATIVE Creating Stable and Sustainable Funding

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  1. 1. FACTS AND FIGURES ABOUT THE LIBRARYS DISTRICT INITIATIVE Creating Stable and Sustainable Funding
  2. 2. www.dunkirk.fundourlibraries.org The Dunkirk Library is presently chartered as an association library Library is a free-standing not for profit partially funded by the city and town through annual appropriations The board of trustees, like all other not for profits, is self-perpetuating with a nomination process that is board driven. WHERE WE STAND
  3. 3. www.dunkirk.fundourlibraries.org WHERE WE STAND Because of the tax cap and many other competing financial priorities, the Library has lost over 25% of its funding since 2011 $10,000 in funding from the town has been flat since 1998
  4. 4. www.dunkirk.fundourlibraries.org These cuts have negatively impacted the Library. In the last four years: 208 open hours were cut per year, including Saturday and evening hours Significant reductions to computer classes as well as no reliable patron assistance Curtailed new materials purchases and outreach WHERE WE STAND
  5. 5. www.dunkirk.fundourlibraries.org WHERE WE STAND Our staff has been severely depleted Forced to cut full time computer staff in Feb. 2013 More times than not, staff members work 2 or more hours alone with little time for patron one-on-one help Maintenance staff hours have also been cut Funding has gone down while costs have gone up Rise in minimum wage Increased costs of technology, books and periodicals, utilities and building maintenance
  6. 6. www.dunkirk.fundourlibraries.org DUNKIRK NEEDS OUR LIBRARY In 2014 Over 53,000 people came to the Library There are 13,881 people in our service area Over 41,000 items were circulated, including downloadable eBooks 4,479 reference questions were answered Close to 6,500 people attended Library programs Our public computers were used 17,381 times
  7. 7. www.dunkirk.fundourlibraries.org DUNKIRK NEEDS OUR LIBRARY The values of all library programs and services in 2014 was $914,413.50 For every tax dollar invested in the library, you received a public service return on investment of $6.97
  8. 8. www.dunkirk.fundourlibraries.org DUNKIRK NEEDS OUR LIBRARY Stagnant funding or continued cuts to the Library will further damage our ability to operate Risk decreasing hours to below state standards The community has told us they want a stronger, more vibrant library
  9. 9. www.dunkirk.fundourlibraries.org LIBRARY DISTRICT IS THE ANSWER The Librarys Board of Trustees have decided to become a library district that shares the school districts boundaries Called a School District Public Library in State Ed law because of the shared boundaries District will be established by a vote of school district residents with a base level of funding Provide stable library support School district voters elect 7 library trustees Each petitions to get on the ballot
  10. 10. www.dunkirk.fundourlibraries.org LIBRARY DISTRICT IS THE ANSWER Library will live within its own tax cap based on the initial level of community-based funding voted upon by school district voters By law, the school district collects the librarys funding and turns it over to the library Library may put a new budget before the voters each year
  11. 11. www.dunkirk.fundourlibraries.org LIBRARY DISTRICT IS THE ANSWER The Library will be completely independent of both the Dunkirk City School District, the City of Dunkirk and the Town of Dunkirk But, will have the funding it needs to create needed community collaborations with both
  12. 12. www.dunkirk.fundourlibraries.org COMMUNITY BASED FUNDING The Library will be asking school district voters to establish the library district with $350,000 in community-based funding Restores what the Library has lost and will enable us to strengthen and create new library programs and services Funding will put Library on solid financial footing and provide sustainability
  13. 13. www.dunkirk.fundourlibraries.org OUR NUMBERS TODAY
  14. 14. www.dunkirk.fundourlibraries.org The vast majority of funding comes from the City Lost 25% since 2011 Raise some funding Depleted our reserve to balance budget OUR NUMBERS TODAY
  15. 15. www.dunkirk.fundourlibraries.org COMMUNITY-BASED FUNDING Our community-based funding will amount to 47 cents per $1,000 of assessed value For a home assessed at $45,639, you would pay $21.15 annually for the Library 40 cents per weekway less than the cost of a cup of coffee per week
  16. 16. www.dunkirk.fundourlibraries.org PERCENTAGE OF ALL CITY TAXES PAID For school district residents who live in the city, the Librarys community based funding would amount to 0.72% (less than 1%) of all your taxes
  17. 17. www.dunkirk.fundourlibraries.org PERCENTAGE OF ALL TOWN TAXES PAID For school district residents who live in the town, the Librarys community based funding would amount to 1.16% of all your taxes
  18. 18. www.dunkirk.fundourlibraries.org IF THE DISTRICT IS APPROVED Increase open hours Create new and enhance existing childrens programming Increase adult programming including computer classes, a Book Club and a Crafting Club Increase new materials budget for books, magazines, DVDs, audio books
  19. 19. www.dunkirk.fundourlibraries.org IF THE DISTRICT IS APPROVED Purchase new technology including desktop computers and laptops/tablets for in-library borrowing Enhance staffing to develop computer classes, community outreach and other new programming and services Improve storage and circulation of audio books and DVDs
  20. 20. www.dunkirk.fundourlibraries.org IF THE DISTRICT IS NOT APPROVED Slash open hours to the minimum allowed by law Close on Saturdays Cut new materials budget over 30% Fewer new books and new DVDs Curtail childrens programming Story Time Summer Reading Program
  21. 21. www.dunkirk.fundourlibraries.org IF THE DISTRICT IS NOT APPROVED Eliminate computer classes Cut technology upgrades and maintenance forcing patrons to use aging computers, software and facilities More staff cuts Eliminate videoconferencing capability
  22. 22. www.dunkirk.fundourlibraries.org WHERE AND WHEN The vote to create the Library District will be on the Tuesday, May 19th school district ballot Voting will take place from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. at your usual school district polling place Absentee ballots are available.
  23. 23. www.dunkirk.fundourlibraries.org FOR MORE INFORMATION www.dunkirk.fundourlibraries.org Janice Dekoff, Library Director 366-2511 [email protected]