BY COUNCILOR STAUBER:
The city council finds as follows:
(a) The regional public library systems in Minnesota have contributed to both improvements in library operation and efficiencies in providing services to the entire population of the state of Minnesota; and
(b) The state’s contribution to regional library basic system support has not increased for more than a decade; and
(c) The funding for regional public library systems has increasingly fallen on local property tax dollars.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Duluth City Council hereby requests its legislative representatives and the governor to place a high priority on a substantial increase in the regional public library system basic support appropriation during the 2007 legislative session.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Duluth City Council hereby invites the league of Minnesota cities to join the Minnesota library association in lobbying the legislature for this increase during the 2007 legislative session.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the clerk shall mail a copy of this resolution to the members of the northeastern Minnesota legislative delegation, the director of the Minnesota League of Cities, and Governor Pawlenty.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: Duluth is a member of the regional library system and provides service to thousands of nonresidents. The state appropriation helps cover this cost, and so it is important to secure an increase in funding.