Area Libraries Get More County Money

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The libraries in Payson and Pine will both get additional money from Gila County for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, and so will Tonto Basin’s little facility.

Payson Public Library will get an additional $1,170 in assistance from the Gila County Library District and Pine’s Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library will see $1,650 more. Tonto Basin will receive $7,050 more, the second highest adjustment — the library in Miami will see the biggest increase, getting $10,800 more from the library district.

The increase in funding is due to an adjustment made in the formula used to determine county assistance to the eight libraries participating in the special district.

Jacque Griffin, director of the Gila County Library District and assistant manager for Gila County, brought the funding changes to the board of supervisors July 16.

She explained when the district and the participating libraries initially created the funding formula in 1993, the services provided today had barely been conceived. A new funding formula was developed to meet the change in services.

“Library services have evolved far beyond the loaning of hard copy materials. Many of the local libraries are seeing an increase in customers, with many of them using the public Internet access stations, participating in computer training classes, children, youth and adult programming, and researching the various electronic materials collections and a decrease in actual circulation of print books and magazines,” Griffin said.

The new formula looks at the number of active patrons, circulation of materials, number of computers available for public Internet access and library programs provided to the public.

The board unanimously approved Griffin’s request to change the funding formula.

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