Library conducts 2021 budget hearing

The Jackson County Public Library held a public hearing on the 2021 operating budget when the board of trustees met Monday via Zoom and at the Seymour Library.

The $2,646,536 budget is an increase of just less than the 4.2% state growth quotient.

After the public hearing, the board approved joining the State Consortium for Public Library Internet Access from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022; a new capital assets policy; and 2020-21 capital projects that include Seymour Library carpet replacement and chiller upgrade in 2020, new meeting room tables in Seymour and sealed and striped parking lots at all three locations in 2021.

The board also approved using part of the 2020 computer and related equipment money to purchase three ultraviolet book sanitizers.

Administrative Assistant Rhonda Fitzwater went through financial reports from March 24 to Sept. 21 since all meetings held during those months were virtual. The board approved those reports.

Board members received copies of a reopening plan and procedures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a self-evaluation and office/committee interest form and a director review form to return to Vice President Kathy Ellis by Oct. 19.

The board’s next meeting, which will include the adoption of the 2021 budget, is at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Seymour Library, 303 W. Second St.