Last week, the 2013 Library Budget was passed by [most of] the Village Board. The money contributed by the Village of Kewaskum taxpayers will be $98,530. This is a decrease of 1.8% from 2012′s tax levy. In terms of real dollars per person, the 2013 budget will cost around $24 for each man, woman, and child in Kewaskum. Of course, children don’t pay taxes, so the average home-owner will pay between $60-100 in taxes for the right to use the library for a year. I don’t have to tell you how great of a deal this is–$100 for unlimited books, movies, internet access, video games, magazines, music, and ebooks? It’s fantastic. It’s unbelievable. But it’s real. What we really want you to do is to tell your friends and neighbors what a great deal they are getting at the library and to come in and start taking advantage of it! Out of the 4004 people who live in the Village of Kewaskum, there are still over 1500 who do not have library cards! It could be that they just like buying their own books, but it’s more likely that they don’t realize everything we can do for them! And you’re the perfect person to tell them.
You can look at our budget in detail by downloading a .pdf of it here. Some of the cuts we made were: less money for magazines, less money for new technology upgrades, less money for monthly programs. Everything else stayed more or less the same as last year, including $14,000 for new books. Do you have more questions? Stop by and talk to Library Director Steev Baker, he’ll be glad to talk about what we do and how we do it.