What are the advantages of a library district?
- Ensures budget and policy decisions are based on patron needs for library services without influence from County political priorities.
- Funding is secured directly from taxpayers and does not compete with other County departments. Funding cannot be used for purposes other than voters intended: Library services.
- Provides greater independence in decision- and policy-making, allowing the Library to focus on its mission of providing the best possible library services to the patrons of Jefferson County.
- Freedom from political influence.
What are the disadvantages of a library district?
There are few disadvantages for the Library. Its administrative personnel would have to understand and adhere to state budget limitations, including TABOR, but they already do so.
The Library would solicit bids for services that it now receives (and pays for) from the County. The process of evaluating services will be a challenge, but it is anticipated that the Library will save money once contracts are in place. It is possible that some services could still be purchased from the County.
The Library already pays for its own building and facility maintenance.
The chief disadvantage would be to the County:
- The County would have to give up the money it is currently taking from the Library’s property tax levy.
- The County is likely to lose the Library as a customer for several services, especially if bids from private industry are less expensive.