WALNUT CREEK -- Prudent budgeting and fiscal management have helped the Holmes County District Public Library withstand shortfalls from the state's Public Library Funding through the first quarter of the year.
The library received 15 percent under the planned revenue for April, receiving $72,392.
"This was quite a bit below the estimate we were given by the department of taxation," said Fiscal Officer Paula Cicconetti. "It's roughly 15 percent under. The stat's income tax collections have been falling well below normal, and sales tax revenue has also fallen behind estimates. That's a big reason why our PLF revenue is down so much.
"And there is speculation with the upcoming budget this summer, if revenues are falling below estimates, a couple things will shake out," Cicconetti added. "Right now, PLF is getting 1.7 percent of revenue. That's subject to change. We're hit hard whenever revenues fall. That affects us twice, because they cut the percentage back."
Through April, the PLF is roughly one-third of the library's estimated budget of $1.1 million, which is on track, but it is well below the state's estimate.
Cicconetti reported that the final distribution from the Sterling Humrichouser estate of $3,500 was received, along with a slew of donations for the new bookmobile.
"To date, we are at about $140,000 raised of our $250,000 goal towards the new bookmobile," Cicconetti said.
The board approved a $67,425 down payment (30 percent) on the new bookmobile.
Library director Bill Martino reported he made a trip to Farbers to check on the interior colors, the carpet and cabinetry for the new bookmobile.
"The actual bookmobile has not yet been delivered to Farbers," Martino said. "Apparently there has been quite a run a vehicles of that type. They hope to have ours in June and delivered to us by late August. I thought it should be carpeted instead of tile floor so it isn't so slippery."
Martino noted the library district should provide Farbers with a logo to put on the side of the vehicle.
The director also reported that Lori Pringle, librarian for the East Holmes School District, has organized a fundraiser for the library.
"Children throughout the district are being asked to donate coins and they are going to present the proceeds to the library," Martino said.
He added the Dorothy Yoder at Lynn Hope Industries also organized a fundraiser for the library, selling Bucks T-shirts.
"They presented $659 to us," Martino said.
Another successful comedy night earlier this month raised money for the library as well.
Reporter Kevin Lynch can be reached at 330-674-5676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.