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Sanibel Public Library District approves millage, budget

By Staff | Oct 2, 2019

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The Sanibel Public Library District’s Board of Commissioners approved an annual budget of $2,411,189 and a millage rate of 0.435 for fiscal year 2019-2020 at a special meeting on Sept. 19.

“The budget is composed mainly of tax revenues (holding the millage rate the same as last year) and grants. These funds will be used for staffing, our collections, programs (adults and children), technology and sprucing up the exterior of our ‘Reimagined’ building, among other things,” Treasurer Dan Moeder said. “As part of our fiduciary responsibility, a portion of the budgets will go toward replenishing our reserves, so that in 20 years or so, there will be funds for the next refurbishment.”

Part of the funds – $172,000 – will be designated for print and digital collections; a 7 percent increase over the 2018-2019 budget.

“Downloading eBooks and streaming music and films are very popular among library users nationally and locally, but print remains at the top,” Sanibel Public Library Director Margaret Mohundro said. “In fact, use of print books is growing among all ages and particularly ‘tweens and young adults.”

“The library’s collection focuses on new and bestselling fiction and nonfiction, as well as subjects of particular interest to islanders including history; travel; lifestyle including cooking, decorating, and gardening; health; biographies; and current events,” library Adult Services Coordinator Candy Heise said.

Due to the recently-completed $5.9 million, Your Library Reimagined infrastructure upgrade and renovation, the library expects to see some decreases in utilities costs, particularly telecommunications as the building recently converted to Voice over Internet Protocol, enabling use of the Internet as the transmission medium for telephone, and electrical savings due to installation of efficient LED lighting.

The district is an independent special district serving Sanibel. The library ranks at or near the top among all Florida public libraries for checkouts, visits, program attendance, Internet use and more, and it is regularly awarded high rankings among the 9,000-plus public library systems in America.

For more information, call 239-472-2483 or visit www.sanlib.org.