DBRL is funded primarily through property tax income. State aid, interest income, grants, bequests, donations and copier/printer income make up the rest of the system’s income. DBRL’s fiscal year runs January-December. Each library district sets its operating tax levy each year as outlined by state law, and DBRL receives and manages the property tax income for each library district. The maximum rate that can be levied is approved by the voters in each library district.
In addition to its operating tax, the Columbia Library District, and thus only those residents living within the 1965 city limits, pays an additional property tax for the debt issued in 1999 for the construction of the Columbia Public Library on Broadway.
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