District by ordinance: City council and county commissioners hold public hearings, pass ordinance dependent on funding tax being supported by voters
That's what brings us here tonight.
Main Library: $24.073M
George Reynolds Branch Library: $3.3832M
Carnegie Library for Local History: $1.5349M and upcoming North Boulder branch library, book and media collections; computer, business, and materials handling equipment; furnishings and fixtures
Yes, assistant city attorney David Gehr says.
Yes, Gehr says.
Yes, is the answer.
Seter: "They've actually been very positive. All of them have turned out wonderfully so far."
No, Seter says. There are restrictions. In Adams County, there was an agreement that if district did something county didn't like, it could take the buildings back.
Young q: Could we turn over the building but not the land?
Yes, Seter says. "It would get complicated" ... you'd have to figure out how to "unwind" the building if the city wants to do something different with the land. "But it can be done."
We draft an IGA assuming what people want, noting negotiation points. Then city council changes terms how it wants.
Also thinks it's a better idea to tie the formation and funding together. Is that smoother in your opinion, she asks Seter.
Seter: "That was it. It's still a city library and it's woefully underfunded."
Yes, Seter says.
Seter: If they get a petition, they will. Otherwise, I'm not sure how motivated they are.
30 days, Gehr says.
Seter: It becomes a political q at that point. The district goes out on its own to get more funding.
She opens with a joke: "Thankfully you have fewer qs for me."
2020 library budget (ongoing): $9.1M, with $1.5M of that from dedicated mill .333 mills
Yates: What's your definition of a patron?
Households with library cards, David Farnan, library director says.
Farnan: We clear the database. If you haven't used your library card in 3 years, you're kicked out.
Bad news for me...
Of those, 77,654 are in the city of Boulder
Of course, it's unlikely taxes would actually go down. Those .333 mills will likely be shifted to another need.
Yes, Doelling says.
That's not reflected in the potential cost savings.
$7.5M from the general fund, for sure.
Potentially, some portion of the $3.4M in administration costs (spread over the whole city organization) will be recouped. But maybe not.
Farnan: It adds 22% more households and 20% more value.
$8.5M went away somewhere.
Brockett: That's the $$ we currently pay for the library, that will keep going to the library. Then there will be $7.5M to go to something else.
At the end of the day, this is a tax increase. That's what we need to keep in mind. Particularly on businesses, who don't use the library very much.
Doelling: We're not making any assumptions.
Yates: We have backlogs in every dept. Keep it reasonable. "There's backlog and there's backlog."
Doelling: Presuming the petition doesn't get ahead of that.
Weaver wants to know the value of the entire collection.
Doelling: "Idk if it moves the needle a ton, but we'll get that."
Here's a little bit of a story from that: dailycamera.com/2018/11/27/bou…
Swetlik: Have we ever fully funded a master plan?
"Open space!" someone (quietly) shouts from the audience.
Doelling: Technically yes, but it was a 1-yr tax for the fire training center that we did not renew. It was some years ago.
Seter: By you and the commissioners.
Brockett: We don't have to pick 3.85. We can pick a different number.
The 3.85 mills funding level would include libraries in those communities that Boulder hasn't budgeted for.
Farnan: 59 districts have formed in CO; 80% by resolution. But that's from 2011-2014. The state library needs more time than a couple hours to provide the info you wanted.
31 municipal libraries
11 county libraries
7 districts formed by election since 1988