State Aid Review Committee 2006

Local Funding Requirement Group

State Per-Capita Scenario

Proposed Local Funding Requirement:

The State Per-Capita average for municipality library spending is computed for the prior FY. This result is used X the local population to derive the local funding requirement for state aid certification.

Reasoning underpinning this view:

Municipalities are responsible for providing a minimum standard funding to their local libraries. The standard should by derived from a state-wide view rather than local spending practice.



How does LFR work?

1. MBLC would set the minimum local funding requirement for certification as $ xx.xx per capita, based on recent reported municipality amounts/capita. Note that this is not the actual average/per capita, but something significantly lower. See example.
2. Municipal libraries would use the LFR amount ($/capita) X their population to determine the amount in their local budget needed to qualify for state aid certification (the floor amount).
3. Libraries whose municipalities meet the LFR floor 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)


Prior FY per capita state average = $ 25.00 per capita (library spending/state latest census) MBLC reviews the data and decrees that the LFR = $ 10.00 per capita in each municipality.

  1. The LFR ($10.00 per mun. capita) sets the floor amount for certification,
  2. The FY average ($ 25) divides the remainder above the floor into at least two classes: those that are below the average ($10 to $ 25)and may need extra help, and those who are above the average ($ 25).

Savoy (first municipality spending any $ on library)
Total Mun Exp: $1,467,954
Total Mun Exp on Lib: $400 or $ 0.55 per capita (population = 725)

Goal: $ 7250 (certif. floor of $10 X 725)

Arlington (mid-range in population)
Total Mun Exp: $ 93,165,424
Total Lib Exp: $1,611,490 or $ 39.09 per capita (population = 41,224)

Goal: $ 412,240 (certif. floor of $10 X 41,224)

Springfield (large library in population)
Total Mun Exp: $437,156,943
Total Lib Exp: $4,447,481 or $ 29.31 per capita (population = 151,732)

Goal: $ 1,517,320 (certif. floor of $10 X 151,732)

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