Roger Carswell, the Director of the Southeast Kansas Libraries System reports:
Several of the regional library system directors were able to meet with Roger Basinger of the state Municipal Services office regarding the “library exemption” from the tax lid. The news was probably the best we could have hoped for.
Although Mr. Basinger had been skeptical last year that the wording in the bill really was an exemption for libraries, he said after thinking about it through the winter, they have come to the conclusion that it is, in fact, an exemption for libraries.
Furthermore, the budget forms that cities, counties, etc. will use have the library exemption built in. To oversimplify it a bit, on the page used to compute their maximum levy for 2018 without having to go to an election, they will start with the amount levied for 2017, then subtract off the amount levied for the library to come up with a base for computing the limit. After allowing for factors they can increase for (such as new improvements) and applying the allowable increase (1.4% for cities, 1.3% for other units of local government) to come up with the maximum levy, they will then add the amount to be levied for the library in 2018 onto that. Perfect! No city should be able to claim that the library cannot have an increase because of the tax lid; that just won’t work with the forms.