At its December meeting, Pierce County Library System’s Board of Trustees will hold a hearing for the Library’s 2007 budget; learn about plans for new services from the Library’s re-authorized levy; consider an agreement to give customers access to books and other materials at Pierce County Libraries and Puyallup Public Library; and discuss other issues.
The Board of Trustees will meet at the Pierce County Library System’s Processing and Administration Center, 3005 112th St. E., in Tacoma on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 3:30 & 6 p.m.
Three of the primary issues the board will address include:
2007 budget-The Library Board will hold its second and final public hearing on the Library’s proposed budget of $26.3 million for 2007. That’s an $8.6 million increase from the Library’s 2006 $17.7 million budget, with revenues from all sources. The primary increase in the Library’s budget is from a voter-approved re-authorized levy. The Library’s main revenue source is property taxes. The Library’s 2007 budget is based upon four key initiatives: optimal service to customers, effectively running libraries, developing skilled employees and efficiently managing resources.
Library levy brings new services-With a re-authorized levy passed by voters in September 2006, the Library will offer new services in 2007. Those services include a wider variety of books and other materials, 20 percent increase in open hours at library branches, additional services for kids and teenagers, and upgraded services and technology for customers. Library staff will present information to the Board about the new services planned to begin in January 2007.
Borrowing books and materials from Puyallup Public Library and Pierce County Libraries-The Board of Trustees will review an inter-local agreement of a pilot program to allow reciprocal borrowing. The pilot program would allow residents in Puyallup to check out books and other materials from Pierce County Libraries for free, as well as give residents in Pierce County Library’s service area the option to check out books and materials from Puyallup Public Library, at no cost to the customer. The Puyallup City Council recently approved the inter-local agreement.