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By LeAnn R. Ralph
COLFAX — The Colfax Public Library Board has reviewed a proposed budget of $149,803 for 2021, representing an increase of $7,246 over the 2020 budget.
Revenues for the 2021 budget include a subsidy of $82,500 from Dunn County, representing an increase of $13,954.54 over the 2020 subsidy.
Dunn County subsidizes the budgets of public libraries in the county to cover the cost of county residents who use the library but who do not live in the municipality where the library is located.
The property tax levy for residents in the Village of Colfax for the 2021 library budget is $59,386, representing a decrease of $614 over the property tax levy for village residents in 2020.
The 2021 budget includes increases of $12,586 for personnel, $1,500 more for “hotspots” (mobile devices to help people connect to the Internet), $3,000 more for audiobooks and music compact disks, $1,500 more for computer hardware and software, and $500 more for annual maintenance and materials in the MORE system.
The 2021 budget includes a decrease of $3,000 for books, along with $1,000 less for periodicals, and $2,200 less for property and liability insurance.
Summer programs and pre-school programs remain the same at $4,000.