How much is being requested for library services?
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.

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1. Haven’t these cities been paying for library services? How does this compare to funding from other sources?
2. Will county residents continue to receive library services?
3. Since we’ve received library services in the past, why are you requesting funding from the cities without libraries now?
4. How much is being requested for library services?
5. I live in Brandon/Rowley and am in the Independence Community School District. Why don’t my children receive library services?
6. Have you talked with the cities without libraries about the request for funding?
7. Are cities without libraries in other counties expected to pay for library services?
8. Is my city locked into a long term contract if we sign this contract?
9. What should we do if we want to continue to receive library services?
10. If my city decides not to sign the contract, can I purchase a card for library services?
11. How will library services change for me if my city decides not to sign the contract?
12. Can I just go to another library outside of Buchanan County for library services?