The contracts being offered by the Cities with Libraries of Buchanan County began at $2.00 per person and have increased $1.00 per year thereafter, not to exceed 75% of the average city support per capita. The amount for July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015 is $5 per person. The request started out very low to allow cities to build up to the capability of paying a larger dollar amount for services. 75% of the average paid by the cities is a rule of thumb recommended by the State Library of Iowa.
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.