By Mark Browning
Issues facing the Lyons Regional Library District after the flood will be the main focus of a library district board meeting scheduled for Saturday, September 28 at 10 a.m. in Longmont.
The meeting will be held at the Lyons, Gaddis law firm’s offices at 515 Kimbark Street in Longmont. It is open to the public.
Under state law, creation of the library district on September 3, triggered a 90-day period to negotiate and execute an inter-governmental agreement (IGA) among the district, the Town of Lyons and Boulder and Larimer Counties. The IGA is supposed to address interim library operations if a tax mill measure to fund the district is approved by voters, as well as budget issues relating to Town and District funding of the library. Those issues have been greatly complicated by the flood’s effect on Town finances.
The library district board must also decide whether to change its September 5, votes certifying ballot language and requesting the two counties to place a tax mill measure and companion “TABOR” (Taxpayer Bill of Rights) measure on the November ballot. Ballots are expected to be mailed out to all district voters on October 15. Legally, the district board must decide by October 11, whether to postpone the vote for at least one year, but due to ballot-printing considerations, a decision must be made earlier, as a practical matter.
Other issues facing the library board are whether to suspend a planned Fall capital fundraising campaign, given the need for flood relief donations in the area, and whether to cut the 2014 tax rate (even if the tax mill measure passes) to limit the economic impact of new taxes on district residents. The board may also withdraw a grant request to the Lyons Community Foundation, deferring to flood-related causes.
Questions about library-related issues may be sent to
or submitted on the www.theheartoflyons.org website created by the predecessor Lyons Library Steering Committee. The library district was in the process of setting up its own website at the time of the flood, but that effort has been delayed until budget issues can be studied by the board.