Taxes $405,266 Additional Revenue 40,419 ______________________________ Total: $445,685
9% of the library's income came from sources other than taxes.
Staff $243,725 Library Materials 71,681 Building 51,965 Other 64,443 ______________________________ Total: $431,814
There are two ways of looking at the increase in library expenditures between 1993 and 1997. The first is simply that the library is costing more money. This is undeniable.
The library board views the increase as necessary for the increases in service recorded between 1993 and 1997. The library is doing more things for more people every day of the week for nine months of the year (six days of the week for the other three).
Since late 1993, the Board has been moving towards the conclusion reached this summer that the library needs a new site to grow physically so it can continue serving more people successfully. Our children deserve a space of their own in which to explore the world of the library. The teenagers who helped make our summer reading club so successful deserve an ongoing program of service.
Our adults deserve more educational and cultural programs (concerts, dicussions, computer training, lectures) and quiet study space. All of our customers deserve more space in which to conduct their business more comfortably. The artifacts and documents which reflect Goshen's past need space in which to be displayed, preserved and secured.
In the coming year the library board hopes to secure a site for a new building. We will then conduct a referendum seeking your approval to move forward in our planning of a library facility as worthy of our present day community as 203 Main Street was of the community of 1918.
We will conduct focus groups to better understand your expectations of the library. We will continue publishing our newsletter, our weekly column in the Independent Republican and our Annual Report to keep you informed of our services. We will continue to hold our meetings on the second Monday of the month, and you are welcome to attend. This is your library, and we encourage your input.