Library Budget

The Library budget provides library services for County residents and visitors of all ages through four libraries located in Lakeport, Clearlake, Middletown, and Upper Lake. These services include loaning books and materials to residents, programs and events for children, teens, and adults that promote life-long learning and literacy, internet access through free wifi and public computers, reference assistance, and the adult literacy program.

The library is primarily funded with a dedicated property tax approved by the voters in 1974. Property taxes make up the majority of all revenue. A very small portion of revenue is provided by library fines, fees, charges for printing, copying, and meeting room rent. 

The Lake County Library budget overall is very lean. The below table compares library staff full time equivalence, expenditures on staff, and expenditures on library materials per capita to neighboring counties. Higher per capita numbers means more is being spent per person who lives in that area. 

2019/20 Staff FTE per 1,000 Population  Total Staff Expenditure per Capita  Materials Expenditures per Capita 
Colusa County Free Library 0.4109 $34.96 $4.77
Lake County Library 0.1741 $10.04 $0.89
Mendocino County Library 0.3388 $26.47 $3.29
Napa County Library 0.4022 $44.30 $4.59
Sonoma County Library 0.3949 $39.34 $7.07 
Willows Public Library 0.4398 $16.35 $1.22

Source: California Library Statistics Portal

Below you can see a summary excerpt of the budget adopted by the Board of Supervisors for the county fiscal year, which starts in July and ends in June. You can view the full county budget here

Revenue 2020/21 
Timber Yield $587
Property Tax $819,829
Forfeit, Penalties $0
Rents & Concessions
(Room Rent, Printing, Copying Charges)
Revenue from Use of Money $4,033
State Aid (HOPTR)            $8,665
State Aid (Grants from State)                $58,919
Other Federal  $58,790
Other Current Services
(Library Fines & Fees)
Miscellaneous & Donations $5,000
Operating Transfers  $0
Total Revenue  $1,022,204
Expenditures 2020/21 
Salaries & Employee Benefits               $621,572
Communications $73,402
Household Expense (Janitorial) $19,464
Public Liability $2,621
Fire & Allied Coverage $23,980
Maintenance – Equipment $3,363
Maintenance – Buildings $30,834
Memberships $3,512
Supplies $14,528
Postage  $2,254
Professional Services $102,611
Administrative Charges $40,249
Publications  $150
Rents & Leases  $1
Supplies & Services*
(Library Materials)
Transportation  $1,600
Utilities  $63,240
Inventory Items  $6,600
Taxes & Assessments  $188
Literacy Program Supplies $66,160
Interfund Reimbursements -$7,500 
Total Expenditure  $1,214,848

*The Supplies & Services (Library Materials) budget is used to purchase new books, audiobooks, DVDs, ebooks, newspapers, magazines, microfilming, and other public materials for the library collection at all four branches. The current materials budget is not sufficient to provide materials in all formats for Lake County residents and the long term goal of the library is to increase the amount spent on library materials. 

The library is also supported by donations from the public and non-profit charities such as the Friends of the Lake County Library. Most donations are deposited and expended in a separate fund.

If you have questions or concerns about the library budget please feel free to contact the Library Director