Thursday, August 16, 2007

They're Getting Closer

Jackson County Commissioner C.W. Smith is positioning himself to become the man who saved the libraries.
"My personal conviction is that we will have our libraries open before the end of the year," said C.W. Smith. "That's my goal."

The county is considering a proposal by Maryland-based Library Systems and Services LLC (known by the acronym LSSI) to provide library services for $6 million, nearly $2.7 million less than if the county had continued to operate the libraries...
This will be his legacy if he can pull it off. But he's not there yet. Let's recap the numbers.
  • The proposed 2006-07 library budget was $9.1 million.
  • The May library levy was to be for $8.3 million.
  • The SEI Union says it can do the same job for $7.5 million.
  • An independent contractor, LSSI, can run the libraries for $6.0 million.
  • And in 2004-05 Josephine, Klamath, and Douglas Counties combined ran their libraries—28 branches in all—for $5.1 million.
I'm thinking of number between one and ten...