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. 

2020/21 Staff FTE per 1,000 Population  Total Staff Expenditure per Capita  Materials Expenditures per Capita 
Colusa County Free Library 0.4045 $32.03 $4.81
Lake County Library 0.1744 $9.88 $1.92
Mendocino County Library 0.3611 $26.07 $2.30
Napa County Library 0.4013 $42.28 $5.57
Sonoma County Library 0.4078 $40.62 $6.26 
Willows Public Library 0.3286 $15.70 $0.51

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 2021/22 
Property Tax (All Combined) $891,435
Timber Yield $591
Rents & Concessions
(Room Rent, Printing, Copying Charges)
Revenue from Use of Money $2,408
State Aid (HOPTR)            $8,550
State Aid (Grants from State)                $53,919
Other Federal  $75,500
Communication Services  $39,383
Other Current Services
(Library Fines & Fees)
Miscellaneous & Donations $5,000
Operating Transfers  $87,500
Total Revenue  $1,173,850
Expenditures 2021/22 
Salaries & Employee Benefits               $867,738
Communications $78,260
Household Expense (Janitorial) $11,270
Public Liability $4,898
Fire & Allied Coverage $32,338
Maintenance – Equipment $3,149
Maintenance – Buildings $107,188
Memberships $3,956
Supplies $18,505
Postage  $6,200
Professional Services $116,018
Administrative Charges $23,662
Publications  $150
Rents & Leases  $1
Supplies & Services*
(Library Materials)
Transportation  $1,600
Utilities  $58,212
Inventory Items  $8,145
Taxes & Assessments  $190
Literacy Program Supplies $75,880
Interfund Reimbursements -$203,544 
Total Expenditure  $1,388,087

*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 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