The Library budget provides library services for County residents and visitors of all ages through four libraries located in Lakeport, Clearlake, Middletown, and Upper Lake. These services include loaning books and materials to residents, programs and events for children, teens, and adults that promote life-long learning and literacy, internet access through free Wi-Fi and public computers, reference assistance, and the adult literacy program.
The library is primarily funded with a dedicated property tax approved by the voters in 1974. Property taxes make up the majority of all revenue. A very small portion of revenue is provided by library fines, fees, charges for printing, copying, and meeting room rent.
The Lake County Library budget overall is very lean. The below table compares library staff full-time equivalence, expenditures on staff, and expenditures on library materials per capita to neighboring counties. A higher per capita number means more is being spent per person who lives in that area.
2021 / 2022 Library Statistical Report
|Libraries||Staff FTE per 1,000 Population||Total Staff Expenditure Per Capita||Materials Expenditures Per Capita|
|Colusa County Free Library||0.4389||$40.34||$4.29|
|Lake County Library||0.1862||$11.81||$2.38|
|Mendocino County Library||0.3722||$29.80||$2.15|
|Napa County Library||0.3503||$45.91||$6.17|
|Sonoma County Library||0.4464||$44.79||$8.15|
|Willows Public Library||0.4088||$17.45||$0.53|
Below you can see a summary excerpt of the budget adopted by the Board of Supervisors for the county fiscal year, which starts in July and ends in June. The below is from the Final Recommended Budget. You may also view the full County Budget on our website.
|Revenue for 2023 / 2024||Amount|
|Property Tax (All Combined)||$1,073,440|
|Rents and Concessions (Room Rent, Printing, and Copying Charges)||$8,470|
|Revenue from Use of Money||$1,940|
|State Aid (HOPTR)||$8,400|
|State Aid (Grants from State)||$104,130|
|Other Current Services (Library Fines and Fees)||$9,780|
|Miscellaneous and Donations||$5,000|
|Operating Transfers In||$717,670|
|Expenditures for 2023 / 2024||Amount|
|Salaries and Employee Benefits||$1,012,057|
|Household Expense (Janitorial)||$18,290|
|Fire and Allied Coverage||$54,118|
|Maintenance - Equipment||$4,950|
|Maintenance - Buildings||$29,000|
|Rents and Leases||$1|
|Supplies and Services - Library Materials (Please See Note Below Table)||$375,542|
|Taxes and Assessments||$190|
|Literacy Program Supplies||$34,100|
|Autos & Light Trucks||$196,658|
Note: The Supplies and Services - Library Materials budget is used to purchase new books, audiobooks, DVDs, ebooks, newspapers, magazines, microfilming, and other public materials for the library collection at all four branches.
The library is also supported by donations from the public and non-profit charities such as the Friends of the Lake County Library. Most donations are deposited and expended in a separate fund.
If you have questions or concerns about the library budget please feel free to email the Library Director Christopher Veach.