Pioneerland Library Asks Renville County to Increase Support 06 Aug 14

OLIVIA — Pioneerland Library is asking Renville County to increase its support for library services by 3 percent.

The West Central Tribune reports Pioneerland Executive Director Mark Ranum told the County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday that the budget request is aimed at meeting needs for staffing, operations and acquiring materials for library collections. It’s also part of an effort to close the “gap’’ between the level of support provided by Renville County as compared to other counties in the regional system, and communities in the county.

“Renville County has not kept pace with other county partners in (Pioneerland Library System) over the past five years,’’ he stated in a letter to the commissioners.

Renville County residents pay $12.50 per capita for library services. City residents in the five communities hosting libraries pay anywhere from $25.50 to $34.20 per capita, according to information provided the commissioners.

Pioneerland has been working to cut its staffing costs by reducing the number of head librarians through attrition.

He asked the commissioners to consider raising the county’s support to help the system meet its needs and out of a sense of equity and partnership.

The 3 percent increase being sought is based on the requested amount for 2014, and would raise the county support to $120,006.