State Aid Review Committee 2006

Local Funding Requirement Group

Local Budget Scenario

Proposed Local Funding Requirement:

Municipalities must annually allocate to the library at a minimum 1.3 percent (or the most recent average or median [TBD]) of the total municipal budget.

Reasoning underpinning this view:

Municipalities are responsible for providing an adequate amount of funding to their local libraries.

PRO's



CON's



How does LFR work?

1. The BLC would set the minimum percentage that municipalities must meet.
2. Libraries would report their community's compliance at the end of the fiscal year (as is currently done).
3. Libraries whose municipalities meet the requirements set by the BLC would be certified.


If municipality does not meet LFR?

4. Libraries whose municipalities do not meet the requirements set by the BLC would become non-certified, and be ineligible for state aid funding or reciprocal borrowing privileges.


Is there an alternative?

5. Municipalities whose libraries are non-certified may apply for probationary status (TBD)


Examples:

Savoy (first municipality spending some % on library)
Current % spent on library: 0.03
Total Mun Exp: $1,467,954
Total Mun Exp on Lib: $400

Goal: 1.3% of Total Mun Exp on Library = $19,083

Boston (first municipality to spend 0.99% (almost 1%)on library)
Current % spent on library: 0.99
Total Mun Exp: $1,977,423,861
Total Mun Exp on Lib: $19,609,014

Goal: 1.3% of Total Mun Exp on Library = $25,706,510

The LFR Subcommittee discussed phasing in this approach or having 2 prongs to the local funding requirement: (1)those municipalities who need to meet the minimum using the % standard, and (2)encouraging municipalities who already meet or exceed the % standard to use their existing MAR standard as their minimum.

Submitted by,
Diane Giarrusso
Boxford Town Library

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