Magazine article American Libraries

Fair Funding Nixed Again in Wisconsin

Magazine article American Libraries

Fair Funding Nixed Again in Wisconsin

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The absence of four supervisors at an August 14 Waukesha County (Wis.) Board of Supervisors meeting cost the 16-member federated county library system an additional $345,000 in long-sought additional revenue. The second time in four years that the funding-formula modification has been defeated by elected officials, the proposal would have shifted 13 cents per $1 of property taxes for library capital expenses from county towns containing libraries to people living in communities without a library, according to the August 15 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. All Waukesha County residents have patron privileges systemwide, regardless of whether their town has a library.

"The debate centered on fairness," System Director Thomas J. Hennen Jr. told American Libraries, adding that plan detractors believed nonlibrary communities shouldn't pay more because they "don't have a voice in building decisions" for towns with libraries. However, supervisors in favor of the plan argued that "it was only fair to have nonresidents help pay for the buildings they use."

Although the plan got a 22-9 majority of "yes" votes from supervisors in attendance, the 35-member board required a two-thirds majority vote, or 24 supervisors, to override County Executive Dan Vrakas's August 1 veto of the plan. …

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