WARREN - The Warren-Trumbull County Public Library will not be getting the cut of the $6.4 million in state library funding it wants for 2014, lining up another plea to Ohio's tax appeals board.
Trumbull County's Budget Commission's decision Monday to keep next year's division of the Public Library Fund the same as 2013 leaves the county's largest library system ''where we were last year,'' said its director, Jim Wilkins.
Although the WTCPL board hasn't seen the budget commission's decision and will not meet until next month, ''I'm assuming they are going to want to appeal this one also'' to the Board of Tax Appeals, said Wilkins.
The appeal from the budget commission's decision on 2013 funding division is pending. In the meantime, the sides - WTCPL and the two smallest library systems, the Bristol Public Library and Kinsman Free Public Library - are intending to meet with a mediator to end the dispute.
The budget commission awarded WTCPL 50 percent of the funding, and the other half is divided among the remaining library systems: McKinley Memorial Library, 12.5 percent; Girard Free Library and Hubbard Public Library, 9.6 percent; Newton Falls Public Library, 7.4 percent; Kinsman, 6.1 percent; and Bristol, 4.7 percent.
Warren sought 59.4 percent of the library funding, an amount it determined by plugging into a formula service population, facility square footage and hours of operation. But its request was dismissed by the budget commission, which determined the library did not show an actual need for the increase, according to its decision.
The Trumbull County Budget Commission Monday determined how the seven library systems in Trumbull County will divide $6.4 million from Ohio's Public Library Fund.
Warren-Trumbull County, 50 percent - $3.3 million
McKinley Memorial, Niles, 12.5 percent - $805,651
Girard Free and Hubbard, 9.6 percent - $619,113
Newton Falls, 7.4 percent - $477,601
Kinsman Free, 6.1 percent - $392,373
Bristol, 4.7 percent - $302,320
''It is axiomatic that an award of this request increase would necessarily be a financial detriment to other interested libraries,'' the decision states.
The additional money, Wilkins said, would be used to expand services, however, the loss of any money threatens the survival of the libraries in Bristol and Kinsman, say their directors, Cheryl French and Darla Bates.
In real dollars, WTCPL will receive $3.3 million; McKinley, $805,651; Girard and Hubbard, $619,113 a piece; Newton Falls, $477,601; Kinsman, $392,373; and Bristol, $302,320. The amounts are down from July's estimated library fund amount from the state, which was about $6.7 million.