Director’s Corner

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Christmas is more than a time of festivities, family, and friends; it is a season of generosity, gladness, and gratitude

– William Arthur Ward

It is the time of year to open our hearts and help those in need.  It doesn’t need to be large or grand as it’s the simplest gestures and mean the most especially during 2020 with the pandemic.

I thought it would be a great time to do an update of what’s going on and coming soon for the library.

  • COVID-19 Cook County Funding:
    • We’ve submitted our paperwork to Cook County for $5,000 in COVID related expenses and we hope to have good news soon.
  • Illinois License Plate Renewal Stickers:
    • As COVID have caused us all to adapt; the library continues to try to offer unique materials, programming & services to all the communities we serve. We continue to partner with other non-profits to offer the FREE Food Pop-Ups & Electronic Recycling and in-house materials & services such as Notary Services to U.S. Passports to WIFI Hotspots and much more.
    • Once the library reopens for inside access, our new service offering will be Illinois License Plate Renewal Stickers. We’re hoping for a mid-January reopening.
    • We’ll be the 1st library in the South Suburbs and the 3rd library in the State to offer this unique service.
  • Property Taxes & Collections:
    • We did better than expected for Fall 2020 collection rates but the ultimate test will be in 2021 when the Equalized Assessed Value (EAV) is forecasted to decrease 10 to 11% per Cook County as well as COVID-19’s continued effects on funding. All public libraries depend on property taxes to survive as a majority of our funding comes that way.
      • In case anyone wants to know where your property taxes go, here’s the breakdown for both Glenwood & Lynwood per a report provided by Cook County for 2019 tax collections.
      • Taxing District Property Taxes Breakdown: Who Gets What for Glenwood?
        1. School Districts: 57.66%
        2. Village: 28.25%
        3. Miscellaneous Taxes (Mosquito Abatement, Water Reclamation, and Park District): 6.02%
        4. Library: 3.75%
        5. Cook County (Forest Preserve, Elections, County, Public Safety, and Health Facilities): 2.54%
        6. Other Municipality/Township Taxes (Roads & Bridges and General Assistance): 1.78%
      • Taxing District Property Taxes Breakdown: Who Gets What for Lynwood?
        1. School Districts: 75.11%
        2. Village: 9.55%
        3. Library: 5.78%
        4. Cook County (Forest Preserve, Elections, County, Public Safety, and Health Facilities): 3.9%
        5. Miscellaneous Taxes (Mosquito Abatement and Water Reclamation): 2.93%
        6. Other Municipality/Township Taxes (Roads & Bridges and General Assistance): 2.73%

Brian Vagt
Library Director

Updated: December 15, 2020

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