Monday, July 23, 2012

The Beat Goes On: Sussex-Lisbon Library Agreement

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Auditor warns about Sussex-Lisbon agreement.  (Sussex Sun, 7/2/2012)

Excerpt: Vicki Hellenbrand, a certified public accountant with Baker Tilly financial consultants, pointed out to village trustees that the existing long-term library agreement will expire in 2014 when the village and town boards are scheduled to pay off about a half -million dollar debt on the library building. 

Hellenbrand said once the debt is paid off, the long-term agreement converts to a one-year contract that can be cancelled by either community on short notice. 


Representatives of the village and town have been negotiating the terms of a new long-term contract for more than a year. The negotiations began after Town Chairman Matt Gehrke insisted the village pay a bigger share of library expenses since, according to library circulation figures, more village residents use the library than town residents. 

Gehrke has also said he does not want the governing boards trying to reach an agreement on the library while town officials are considering a proposal to consolidate the town and village governments.

Related articles: 
Joint library negotiations continue.  (5/13/2012)
Jane Stadler on Paying Taxes: " is something that you do because you're part of the community.  (11/26/2011)
Lisbon town chair not likely to get his way on Pauline Haass Library funding. (11/22/2011)
Lisbon Town chair advocates paying for library services on the cheap.  (11/22/2011)
The challenges of shared governance and funding.  (9/28/2011)
Consensus building for new joint library agreement.  (7/22/2011)
Sussex, Lisbon:  Local politics and library negotiations.  (5/28/2011)
Negotiation to continue after information-gathering process.  (10/8/2010)
And the beat goes on.  (10/4/2010)
Differences of opinion of library funding continue.  (9/18/2010)
Leaders of Village of Sussex, Town of Lisbon clash over funding for library. (8/26/2010)
Will annexation resolution interfere with negotiations over joint library agreement?  (8/4/2010)
Proposal to change library funding formula gets cool reception.  (6/7/2010)
Town of Lisbon Chairman proposes new funding formula for library.  (5/31/2010)

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