Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Indianapolis Marion County Public Library: Sustainability in the Form of a Share of County Income Taxes
Link to January 12 Indianapolis Star article, "Plans would give library system a share of Marion County income taxes".
Excerpt: The Indianapolis library system has coped with falling property tax revenues the only ways it can: by shedding employees, buying fewer books and materials, and slashing hours at nearly all its branches, narrowly avoiding closures.
But library leaders, city officials and state legislators think they have found a way to make up for property tax caps that are eating into the source of 85 percent of the library's budget. They are exploring ways to provide the library with a small cut of county income taxes, which will pump $250 million into Marion County coffers this year.
More than 60 percent of that -- $155 million -- will be divided among Indianapolis and county agencies, homestead credits, the county's nine townships and four smaller cities and towns, including Lawrence and Beech Grove.
Some legislators and city leaders say it's only fair to give a portion to the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, even if that reduces other government units' shares.
Township deals comes undone. (1/8/2011)
Vote to restore library hours and rehire staff: Thanking God again in Wayne Township, Indiana. (12/16/2010)
Wayne Township's $200,000 for IMCPL: "Thank God it's a nice purpose". (12/8/2010)
Temporary fix (not yet approved ) to keep 4 IMCPL branches open. (11/19/2010)
ICMPL to lay off 37 employees. (11/12/2010)
Cuts in library hours, materials budget. (9/15/2010)
Library announces 26% cut in hours. (9/14/2010)
Indianapolis resident recommends book to local officials. (9/6/2010)
Library board votes to include 'shortfall appeal' option. (9/1/2010)
Library board to consider 'shortfall appeal'. (8/30/2010)
In close vote, library board cuts hours, staff. (8/20/2010)
Library grapples with its sustainable future. (8/16/2010)
Library projects a $7.3 million deficit by 2014. (7/29/2010)
Library board sez no branch closings in 2011. (7/15/2010)
Library supporters question Pacers deal. (7/15/2010)
High performance government team report. (7/11/2010)
Library board delays decision on libraries. (6/5/2010)
Another big turnout for libraries. (5/13/2010)
Mayor vows to keep library branches open. (5/12/2010)
Residents speak up for their libraries. (5/11/2010)
The neighborhood library as refuge. (5/2/2010)
Indianapolis Star editorial board keeps library funding issue front and center. (4/25/2010)
Efficiency experts look for ways to keep branch libraries open. (4/23/2010)
More than 1400 sign petition to keep Glendale branch open. (4/20/2010)
Editorial: Find resources for library. (4/19/2010)
What's in store for Indianapolis-area libraries? (4/17/2010)
Indiana Pacers bailout talks continue. (4/16/2010)
Look what's at the top of Indianapolis's to-do list. (4/14/2010)
A Challenge to Indianapolis-Marion County: Stand Up for Libraries. (4/13/2010)
Library rally caps? Get real, sez IndyStar editorial. (4/12/2010)
Will Indianapolis rally for its libraries? (4/12/2010)
Library considers branch closings. (4/9/2010)