"I am pleased to point out that we were able to complete the fiscal year without dipping into fund balance," Koelsch said, quickly adding the library still faces a structural deficit.
The dedicated millage revenue in the library's current fiscal year, and the one just completed, is under $2 million for the first time since 2005, Koelsch said. The millage accounts for more than 90 percent of the library's operating revenue.
The library has made a number of cuts in the past several years, including reducing book and DVD purchases, reducing library hours from 60 to 56 hours a week and not replacing full-time positions, Koelsch said, and a semi-annual appeal for monetary donations has been met with great generosity.
"The generous donations and spending cuts have in essence provided an essential bandaid but have not healed our structural deficit," Koelsch said. "The Library Board of Trustees is concerned about and is exploring ways to address this issue."
- Library millage: $1,985,723 (2012-2013); $2,011,806 (2010-2011)
- Transfer from balance fund: $0 (2012-2013); $1,558 (2010-2011)
- Personnel:$1,399,398 (2012-2013); $1,413,114 (2010-2011)
- Books, music, video:$138,036 (2012-2013); $161,518 (2010-2011)
- Other expenses: $705,105 (2012-2013); $695,766 (2010-2011)
- Total operating expenses:$2,279,737 (2012-2013); $2,223,200 (2010-2011)
- Visitors: 519,595 (Percentage change: -19 percent)
- Programs: 521 (Percentage change: 0 percent)
- Program Attendance: 15,441 (Percentage change: 0 percent)
- Reference Questions: 39,469 (Percentage change: -1 percent)
- Computer Uses: 66,234 (Percentage change: -11 percent)
- Lending Transactions: 424,592(Percentage change: -5 percent)
- Card Holders: 32,367 (Percentage change: 0 percent)
- Collection Size: 189,135 (Percentage change: 1 percent)
Of interest in 2012-2013
- Interest in and usage of e-books continues togrow. ROPL continues to offer free borrowing of e-books and audio books to Royal Oak Library card holders.
- ROPL’s redesigned website debuted in June 2013.
- Discounted or free passes to Michigan cultural venues, free day use passes to the State Parks, discounted Detroit Zoo offers are all available through ROPL.
- Two more colorful mosaic panels created at the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce’s Clay, Glass and Metal Festival were unveiled in the Youth Services area of ROPL. These represent the third year and fifth and sixth mosaic panels of this impressive community art project.
- ROPL’s Live Music Series was presented on selected Saturday afternoons throughout the year.
- Book Buddies, a new book club for 5 - 8 year olds, was funded by a Target Grant.
- The summer reading program continues to encourage people of all ages to read for enjoyment during the summer.