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. 

2017/18 Staff FTE per 1,000 Population  Total Staff Expenditure per Capita  Materials Expenditures per Capita 
Colusa County Free Library 0.4299 $32.12 $2.96
Lake County Library 0.1759 $8.78 $1.16
Mendocino County Library 0.4031 $24.88 $5.48
Napa County Library 0.3869 $39.46 $4.81
Sonoma County Library 0.3303 $31.02 $6.43 
Willows Public Library 0.4456 $15.58 $0.75

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 2019/20 
Timber Yield $431
Property Tax $818,969
Forfeit, Penalties $25
Rents & Concessions
(Room Rent, Printing, Copying Charges)
Revenue from Use of Money $2,540
State Aid (HOPTR)            $8,665
State Aid (Grants from State)                $33,004
Other Federal (Grants) $51,642
Other Current Services
(Library Fines & Fees)
Miscellaneous & Donations $5,000
Operating Transfers  $90,000
Total Revenue  $1,038,005
Expenditures 2019/20 
Salaries & Employee Benefits           $634,500
Communications $69,499
Household Expense (Janitorial) $27,096
Public Liability $2,904
Fire & Allied Coverage $19,433
Maintenance – Equipment $2,907
Maintenance – Buildings $28,016
Memberships $3,641
Supplies $10,728
Postage  $1,254
Professional Services $89,361
Administrative Charges $108,018
Publications  $150
Rents & Leases  $1
Supplies & Services*
(Library Materials)
Transportation  $800
Utilities  $63,018
Inventory Items  $5,825
Taxes & Assessments  $188
Literacy Program Supplies $2,360 
Interfund Reimbursements
Total Expenditure  $1,146,282

*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