Princeton Public Library increases non-resident card fee
PRINCETON — Every year the Illinois State Library (ISL) requires Princeton Public Library and all other public libraries to report if they offer cards to non-residential members, how much they charge and how they calculate the amount. Princeton Public Library’s response for 2013-2014 year is due Thursday. Most libraries, including Princeton Public Library, opt to offer non-resident card service to people living outside of the city limits. Whether someone is inside or outside of the city (that is “resident” or “nonresident”) depends on if that person pays taxes to the city of Princeton. The ISL maintains that non-resident patrons must apply for the card at their nearest library.
Under state law, the fee amount for a non-resident card may be based on one of three options. The Princeton Public Library Board of Trustees has adopted the option it has determined to be most appropriate, called the General Mathematical Formula, which is arrived at by dividing the library’s income via local property taxes by the city’s population and multiplying that per capita figure by the average number of persons per household to arrive at a family card fee. Under this option, the non-residential card fee will increase from $84 to $94, effective Thursday. This is because the loibrary is required to use “The most recent federal census information available.”
There are important factors the library board wants to emphasize:
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