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Funding for library services from a city without a library usually comes with an agreement or contract with a library, city or agency for that purpose. Some of the cities in Buchanan County have paid for library services in the past and some have given a donation. However, all the cities without libraries have not consistently paid for library services. The Cities with Libraries in Buchanan County (CLBC) have requested that all cities without libraries pay for library services at a level of $5 per capita for the ’15 fiscal year (July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015). Contracts have been sent for the next fiscal year (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016) for the amount of $6 per capita, and those are due before July. Hazleton, Quasqueton, and Stanley currently contract for library services, but the cities of Rowley and Brandon have chosen not to contract for services.
Brandon and Rowley are part of the Independence Community School District. However, none of the taxes for the school are received by the public library. The public libraries have completely different funding streams, being funded through their respective city and county (allowing for services to the rural residents). When it comes to funding, the public libraries and the schools are completely separate entities.
The cities of Aurora, Fairbank, Independence, Jesup, Lamont and Winthrop have libraries and each respective city allocates funds to support their library. The average city support per capita (person) in 13-14 for library services was $44.21. The average for Buchanan County library services funding for rural patrons is $12.18 per capita.
256.69 Local financial support.Commencing July 1, 1977, each city within its corporate boundaries and each county within the unincorporated area of the county shall levy a tax of at least six and three-fourths cents per thousand dollars of assessed value on the taxable property for the purpose of providing financial support to the public library which provides library services within the respective jurisdictions.
Free public libraries (tax-supported libraries) strive to give service to anyone who walks through the door, regardless of income, background, gender, age, occupation, or ethnicity. Of course, the city or county in which that person resides must provide funding for that library for this to remain true. If libraries were to begin to accept money from individuals in return for a library card, then public libraries would no longer be able to provide services regardless of income or financial status. This would be compromising one of the core values public libraries have been founded on…equal access to information. Therefore, library cards will not be available for purchase.