Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 131596
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File Number: 131596 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-919-13 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: RAISE REVENUES FOR LIBRARIES Introduced: 8/13/2013
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 11/5/2013
Agenda Date: 11/5/2013 Agenda Item Number: 11A4
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COUNTY MAYOR OR COUNTY MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO DEVELOP A PILOT PROGRAM TO RAISE REVENUES FOR LIBRARIES AND PRESENT TO THE BOARD WITHIN THIRTY DAYS A REPORT ANALYZING POTENTIAL COST-SAVINGS AND REVENUE SOURCES FOR THE COUNTY’S LIBRARY SYSTEM
Indexes: LIBRARY
Sponsors: Esteban L. Bovo, Jr., Prime Sponsor
  Lynda Bell, Co-Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-Sponsor
  Sen. Javier D. Souto, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 11/5/2013 11A4 Adopted P

Cultural Affairs & Recreation Committee 10/7/2013 2B Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Monica Rizo read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Hearing no discussion, the Committee proceeded to vote on the foregoing proposed resolution as presented.

Cultural Affairs & Recreation Committee 8/26/2013 2B Carried over Due to Lack of a Quorum

County Attorney 8/13/2013 Referred Cultural Affairs & Recreation Committee 10/7/2013

County Attorney 8/13/2013 Assigned Eduardo W. Gonzalez 8/15/2013

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COUNTY MAYOR OR COUNTY MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO DEVELOP A PILOT PROGRAM TO RAISE REVENUES FOR LIBRARIES AND PRESENT TO THE BOARD WITHIN THIRTY DAYS A REPORT ANALYZING POTENTIAL COST-SAVINGS AND REVENUE SOURCES FOR THE COUNTY’S LIBRARY SYSTEM

BODY
WHEREAS, this Board is committed to continue to maintain a vibrant free public library system available to the entire community; and
WHEREAS, the Miami-Dade Public Library System offers a plethora of community services such as free literacy programs, tutoring, library materials - in a variety of formats - as well as special services so residents can enjoy full access to books, music, computer internet services and educational programming; and
WHEREAS, libraries are especially cradles of learning for our youngest residents as noted by former First Lady Laura Bush when she said ''Children know that if they have a question about the world, the library is the place to find the answer''; and
WHEREAS, it is incumbent upon this Board to find sources of revenues and implement cost-savings measures to sustain and enhance our current library system and avoid any future library closings,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that:
Section 1. The Board directs the County Mayor or the County Mayor’s designee to develop a pilot program to raise revenues in at least three (3) libraries involving the lease of space within County-owned libraries to vendors to provide commercial services that would enhance patrons’ enjoyment and use of the library space, such as restaurant and beverage services, gift shop items, retail book and music sales and ATM services with revenues from such leases used to fund ongoing operations of the library system.
Section 2. The Board also directs the County Mayor or the County Mayor’s designee to provide a report directly to the Board without committee review within thirty (30) days of the effective date of this resolution: (1) outlining the pilot program described in Section 1 of this resolution; and (2) analyzing additional potential cost-savings and revenue sources for the Miami-Dade Public Library System. The report shall include, but shall not be limited to exploring the following potential cost-savings and/or revenue raising measures: moving and transferring leased store-front libraries to lease-free County-owned facilities and buildings; implementing programs to increase private donations to the library system, such as providing individual donors special incentives, services and programs while maintaining the current level of free library services to all Miami-Dade County residents; exploring reasonable amendments to the fee schedule and rates for overdue library materials, meeting rooms, equipment and services set forth in Implementing Order 4-97; and any other potential cost-savings and/or revenue raising measures the County Mayor deems appropriate. The report shall include recommendations regarding the use of cost-savings and revenue raising measures to re-open any libraries closed as a result of the approved budget for FY 2013-14 and/or to expand existing library services.



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