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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Campbell County Public Library Releases Fiscal Year End Report

Campbell County Public Library, Phillip N. Carrico Branch on Highland Ave. in Fort Thomas

The Campbell County Public Library (CCPL) has released its annual year end report for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, this year as an infographic.

The financial health of Northern Kentucky libraries has been in the spotlight since last year, when CCPL, along with the Kenton and Boone County Public Libraries, faced and lost a lawsuit alleging the Board of Directors has been illegally raising taxes for the last 35 years.  

Rachel Folz, CCPL Digital Director, compiled various statistics regarding the library's financial health and contribution to the community. Of the stats, here are some notable figures. In the fiscal year 2013-2014:
  • 1 million items were checked out (just over half of which were book items)
  • over 656,000 visits were made to CCPL branches (that's nearly 130,000 more visits than CCPL's 15-year average)
  • CCPL events and programs saw over 36,000 attendees
Every event hosted by the CCPL is free and open to the public.

It is still being determined whether or not CCPL will be required to return to the 1978 tax rate and/or pay back any or all of the tax revenue raised over the last three decades. According to CCPL's website, a return to the 1978 tax rate could mean reduced hours, temporary or permanent closing of one or more branches, and a "severe restriction in programming," among other ramifications.

For a fuller view of CCPL's financial year, here's the full infographic, republished with permission:

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