Library budget includes renovations, pay raises

The county library system hopes to replace aging equipment such as boilers, renovate some space in its libraries and give employees a raise in 2014.

Johnson County Public Library plans to spend about $400,000 more next year, with most of the increase going toward building maintenance, new equipment and furniture, and more books. But that number likely will decrease later this year after the state reviews the library’s budget, director Beverly Martin said. In the past few years, the state has had the library district cut between $200,000 and $300,000 each year.

The library’s tax rate is expected to stay about the same at about 7 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, Martin said. The owner of a $100,000 home in the county library district pays about $23 per year for the library.

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