With 78% of the vote the Grinnell Library Association Library successfully passed a measure on April 3rd to create a special district public library, fund the new district at $638,271 and publicly elect the board of trustees. Along the way, the library also corrected a formerly double taxed area in the Village of Wappingers.
MHLS applauds Jessica Gonzalez, director of the library, and the library board and staff, for putting this decision up to the voters to stabilize and secure the library's financial future.
As defined by the New York State Education Department, a public library district is a public library which has a process that requires: (a) public election of its trustees; (b) the library to secure 60 percent or more of its operating revenue through a public budget vote; and (c) the library to ensure financial accountability by presenting annually to appropriate funding agencies, and the public, a written budget which would enable the library to meet or exceed the minimum standards and to carry out its long-range plan of service.
[Source: Creating Public Library District in New York State,
NYS Division of Library Development]
The Public Library District Model is the recommended model for public libraries in New York State. The Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, noted in their most recent report, "Creating the Future: A 2020 Vision and Plan for Library Service in New York State" that their #1 recommendation for public libraries is "the further proliferation of the Regents' Public Library District Model to enable all public libraries to become fully funded and governed through citizen participation and public vote."
Interested in learning more about this funding model for your library? Contact MHLS Coordinator for Library Sustainability, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich at x239 or firstname.lastname@example.org