Doctor offers Stanford library $50,000 toward building

June 09, 2004|EMILY BURTON

STANFORD — The proposed budget for Harvey Helm Memorial Library shows a small increase in revenue from last year, but what it doesn’t show speaks volumes.

While the library board has been looking at several possible locations for a larger building, no funding has been set aside for building construction or land purchase.

“We have not even gone into that (funding a new building) at this point,” said library board President Betty Simpson.

During Monday’s board meeting, the library was offered $50,000 by Stanford physician Dr. Naren James, “provided that we accept the land the bank has offered us,” said Simpson.

Early last month, First Southern National Bank President Jess Correll and his wife, Angela, the bank and an anonymous third party offered the library two acres on Lancaster Street.


But projected funding for all such building projects remains at zero throughout the 2004-2005 fiscal year.

Project is in research stage

At this point, the project is still in the research stage, said Simpson.

The board began researching its options for a new home after a state study of Harvey Helm determined the library should be at least three times as big for the amount of work it does, said board Vice President Zora Cornett.

“We have a really wonderful library, it’s just too little,” said Cornett.

The library board has since taken options on two pieces of land outside the city limits. In response, Stanford officials and businessmen have flocked to board meetings to encourage the board to look closer to the library’s downtown home for a new building site.

What the proposed budget does show is little change, but plenty of sense, said board members.

“We know pretty much what’s coming, and we budget that towards what’s most essential,” said Cornett.

Budget approved by fiscal court

The proposed, quarter million-dollar budget was approved Tuesday by Lincoln County Fiscal Court and must be voted upon by the library board before taking effect July 1, the first of the fiscal year.

“Right now it looks pretty good,” said Simpson. “I think we’ve got a good budget, and I think we’ve got a budget that will work, unless something drastic happens,” she added.

The library expects a $30,000 raise in revenue this year, primarily from an increase in taxable property in the county. For every dollar of property tax the county receives, the library will be given about four cents.

Expenditures also will increase but bring with them essential commodities, said Simpson. Half of the increase will help cover the employees’ cost-of-living raises. The extra money also will cover the cost of a state-mandated audit, due every four years. The aging bookmobile will take its fair share as well, said Simpson, through repairs and maintenance.

Patrons would notice new materials

If the proposed budget is felt at all by patrons, it will be in the form of $35,000 for new materials. New books, computer software and technology, audio books, magazines and newspapers will come from this fund.

The library board is expected to meet again next week, said Simpson, to vote on the budget and possibly discuss the land offer.

“We’re considering it, but I don’t know how it will turn out,” said Simpson. “We’ll just have to wait and see.”

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