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DeKalb library budget approved

Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 11:31 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 7, 2014 3:05 p.m. CDT

DeKALB – The DeKalb Public Library Board approved a $2 million budget during Wednesday night’s meeting, including a 2 percent raise for Director Dee Coover.

Plans for the next fiscal year, which starts July 1, call for $2,060,754 in revenue and the same amount in expenditures, around $2,000 more than the prior year. The library is anticipating nearly $1.8 million in property taxes from the city, according to the budget.

The budget was approved after a brief discussion about an increase to Coover’s salary, which was the topic of a closed session that included Coover’s review prior to the budget approval.

According to information posted on the library’s website, Coover’s annual base salary last fiscal year was $87,613. The board recommended a 2 percent increase to her base salary, which will bring her annual salary to $89,365.

Chairman Clark Neher was the sole board member to vote against the budget with the 2 percent salary increase.

“I felt it was insufficient,” Neher said after the meeting, declining to elaborate on what he felt Coover’s raise should have been.

Budgets for building maintenance, computers and equipment, and library materials were reduced because of the $24 million expansion that is slated to begin this summer. The cuts are the result of a decision not to replace the current computer server as well as a shift away from repairing the roof and boiler system.

A $40,000 revenue line item for the library’s annual fundraising campaign was also added to the budget, Coover said during the meeting.

With approval from the board, the library budget will be incorporated into the city of DeKalb’s budget, which will be approved before the start of the fiscal year.

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