Tuesday, October 18, 2016

2017 System Plans and Program Budgets

By October 15 every year, Wisconsin public library system boards submit their plans for the next fiscal year to the Division for Libraries and Technology (DLT). The Division must review and approve these plans to certify the payment amounts of state aid to public library systems. For 2017, funding will come largely from county appropriations and service contracts totaling 63.4% of system budgets statewide.

2017 Public Library System Income Sources
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As planned, systems will be spending 35% of budgets statewide on technology, reference, and interlibrary loan and 36% on direct payments to member libraries for nonresident access to library services within systems. The remaining 29% will be used for nonresident access payments across system borders and programs that include:

  • Delivery
  • Continuing Education and Consulting
  • Library Collection Development
  • Library Service to Youth
  • Library Service to Special Users

2017 Public Library System Program Budgets
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For comparison, these are the 2015-2017 percentages for Wisconsin public library system plans.

Library System Funding Sources201720162015
State Aid to Public Library Systems31.0%31.4%31.7%
State Aid Interest and Carryover0.9%1.4%2.3%
Other State and Federal Funds4.7%1.4%1.0%
County, Contract, and Other63.4%65.7%65.0%
Library System Program Budgets201720162015
Technology, Reference, Interlibrary Loan35.0%34.0%33.6%
Other Programs3.6%4.2%4.8%
Continuing Education and Consulting3.4%3.3%3.5%
Library Collection Development0.8%1.0%1.1%
Public Information1.9%1.8%1.9%
Library Service to Special Users0.6%0.6%0.6%
Library Services to Youth1.0%1.1%1.1%
Nonresident Payment to Other Systems3.6%2.8%2.7%
Nonresident Access Payments Within System36.2%37.0%36.9%

Approved system plans for 2013-2016 are online at dpi.wi.gov/pld/data-reports/system-plans

Written by Jamie McCanless, Public Library Development Team