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Supervisors approve dollars for libraries

Monday, September 17, 2012

Rural circulation numbers increased for one library in Plymouth County, but fell in the other four libraries.

Remsen Public Library's rural checkouts during 2011-12 were 7,008, up 1,310 from the previous year's 5,698 total, according to Stacey Feldman, county auditor.

"That's huge," she said. "I don't think anybody's seen that size of increase."

Feldman presented the libraries' circulation numbers to the county board of supervisors last week.

At that board meeting, the supervisors approved a $75,000 allocation for the 2012-13 fiscal year to be divided among the five libraries.

Half of that amount, $37,500, is split evenly with each library receiving $7,500, while the other $37,500 is divided based on each library's rural circulation figures.

Four of the five libraries' allocation amounts increased, based on a formula which includes rural e-book circulation numbers, from the previous fiscal year.

"Everybody went up except Le Mars," Feldman explained.

The Le Mars Public Library's rural circulation numbers totaled 12,434 in 2011-12 for a yearly allocation of $20,117, which includes the $7,500 share.

Last year's rural circulation total was 13,710 with the Le Mars library receiving $20,216.

Sue Kroesche, library director, said she wasn't concerned about the lower number, noting that circulation numbers can be cyclical.

"For Le Mars, it kind of goes up, down, up, down," she said.

While the Le Mars library will receive less money from the county based on rural circulation numbers, Remsen's allocation increased, Feldman explained.

Last fiscal year, Remsen received $12,609 compared to the current $14,611 allocation for the 2012-13 fiscal year.

Valerie Loutsch, Remsen library director, said she can't pinpoint a specific reason for the increase in rural circulation but notes it's a good thing.

"We had a great year," Loutsch said. "We were very fortunate."

In other business last week, the county board of supervisors approved a minor subdivision, Jagged Leg Addition, in Section 18 of Westfield Township. The single lot includes about 9.2 acres and is serviced by rural water.

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