Director ‘fairly confident’ of seeing same money as last year


A woman works on a computer at a desk at the Bay County Library in Panama City on Saturday.

ANDREW P. JOHNSON | The News Herald
Published: Monday, January 14, 2013 at 12:06 PM.

PANAMA CITY— The Northwest Regional Library System finished last year with encouraging numbers. Visits, checkouts and computer uses were all up, but it operates under a dark cloud heading into 2013, with the threat of shrinking state aid.

Robin Shader, director of the system, which includes Bay, Gulf and Liberty counties, discussed the issue at the Public Library Advisory Board meeting last week.

“This state aid is very important to us. If we did not get state aid, it would have a very serious impact on each county,” she said.

The money pays for library staff and computer systems for the three counties, Shader said.

“It would be serious,” she said.

The state aid process is complicated, but it boils down to three types of grants — equalization, multicounty and operating.

Equalization grants go to counties with limited local tax resources, Shader said. Gulf and Libertycounties are eligible for the grants.

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