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According to the latest Wisconsin Public Library Service Data report, the Manitowoc Public Library has a total of 41,998 registered borrowers (27,832 residents and 14,166 non-residents). Potential revenue is just under $210,000. Of course, no one can expect that everyone will contribute. In fact, I'd say that even 10%, or raising $21,000 from this new revenue source, is setting a high bar,
Current library policy requires a library card renewal every 2 years. Unless this is changed, I'd have to lower the bar to $10,500.
In the matter of fines......
A headline in the August 25, 2009, Herald Times Reporter noted that "Manitowoc library tightens its policy on library fines". A change in policy required that before a library card is renewed, all fines must be paid. Patrons previously had $10 of wiggle room. The library anticipated a $20,000 increase in fine revenue. At the time, according to the article, fine revenue averaged $40,000 per year. (Right now I'm having trouble loading recent City of Manitowoc budget documents.)
Anyway, I'd suggest focusing on a capital campaign if the goal is sustainable funding.