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Library Facility Ownership Policy

Library Facility Ownership Policy

Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees Policy

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to set the conditions under which Sno-Isle Libraries (the Library) assumes ownership of a library facility. It is the policy of the Library to own library facilities when the library's ability to provide library service is best served.

Scope

Decisions regarding library facility ownership will be governed by the Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees and will at all times be compliant with applicable Federal, State, and local laws, rules, regulations and ordinances. Sno-Isle Libraries shall not acquire any interest in facility ownership unless authorized by a majority vote of the Board of Trustees.

All Library facility acquisitions and transfers must comply with the requirements in the Board of Trustee’s Site Selection and Acquisition Policy to the extent not superseded by this policy.

The Executive Director has responsibility for carrying out the directives of the Board of Trustees with regards to library facility ownership. All contracts must be executed in the name of Sno-Isle Intercounty Rural Library District and all agreements shall be handled in accordance to the Library’s purchasing policies and procedures.

The Board of Trustees may delegate to the Executive Director its authority to enter into and execute agreements, instruments of conveyance and all other related documents pertaining to library facility ownership. In the event that the Executive Director is unavailable, unable, or unwilling to carry out this responsibility, the Board has the authority to act in this capacity or may delegate to a Department Director.

Implementation

The Library may assume ownership of a community facility only when the Library deems the facility to be in acceptable condition, the property is transferred without restriction, and only in those communities meeting one of the following conditions:

  • They are annexed to the Library;
  • They are at a full levy rate contract with the Library;
  • They are located in an unincorporated community.

Library owned buildings may be financed through Library Capital Facility Area bonds, non-voter approved bonds, grants and/or capital partnerships.

The Library may accept facilities previously owned by cities, towns, or other groups wishing to transfer ownership.

Building maintenance and repair expenses will be funded within the annual Library operating budget or through established building reserves.

Policy History

Next review: 1/2024
Last reviewed/revised: 1/2020
Adopted: 2020

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