eLaws of Florida

  SECTION 257.17. Operating grants.  


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  • 1A political subdivision that has been designated by a county or municipality as the single library administrative unit is eligible to receive from the state an annual operating grant of not more than 25 percent of all local funds expended by that political subdivision during the second preceding fiscal year for the operation and maintenance of a library, under the following conditions:
    63(1) 64Eligible political subdivisions include:
    68(a) 69A county that establishes or maintains a library or that gives or receives free library service by contract with a municipality or nonprofit library corporation or association within such county;
    99(b) 100A county that joins with one or more counties to establish or maintain a library or contracts with another county, a special district, a special tax district, or one or more municipalities in another county to receive free library service;
    140(c) 141A special district or special tax district that establishes or maintains a library and provides free library service; or
    160(d) 161A municipality that establishes or maintains a library or that gives or receives free library service by contract with a nonprofit library corporation or association within the municipality.
    189(2) 190The library established or maintained by such political subdivision shall:
    200(a) 201Be operated under a single administrative head who is an employee of the single library administrative unit and who has completed a library education program accredited by the American Library Association. The single administrative head shall have at least 2 years of full-time paid professional experience, after completing the library education program, in a public library that is open to the public for a minimum of 40 hours per week.
    271(b) 272Expend its funds centrally.
    276(c) 277Provide reciprocal borrowing, and other library services pursuant to interlocal agreement, to residents of all political subdivisions within the county which receive operating grants from the state.
    304(d) 305Have at least one library or branch library open for 40 or more hours per week.
    321(e) 322Have a long-range plan, an annual plan of service, and an annual budget.
    335(f) 336Engage in joint planning for coordination of library services within the county or counties that receive operating grants from the state.
    357(3) 358Any political subdivision establishing public library service for the first time shall submit a certified copy of its appropriation for library service, and its eligibility to receive an operating grant shall be based upon such appropriation.
History.-s. 5, ch. 61-402; s. 1, ch. 72-247; s. 3, ch. 72-353; s. 1, ch. 73-138; s. 3, ch. 83-24; s. 53, ch. 2000-171; s. 1, ch. 2001-263; s. 5, ch. 2003-2; s. 1, ch. 2003-126.

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