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91_HB3229eng HB3229 Engrossed LRB9111263JMcs 1 AN ACT to amend the Illinois Library System Act by 2 changing Sections 8 and 8.4. 3 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 4 represented in the General Assembly: 5 Section 5. The Illinois Library System Act is amended by 6 changing Sections 8 and 8.4 as follows: 7 (75 ILCS 10/8) (from Ch. 81, par. 118) 8 Sec. 8. State grants. 9 (a) There shall be a program of State grants within the 10 limitations of funds appropriated by the Illinois General 11 Assembly together with other funds made available by the 12 federal government or other sources for this purpose. This 13 program of State grants shall be administered by the State 14 Librarian in accordance with rules and regulations as 15 provided in Section 3 of this Act and shall include the 16 following: (i) annual equalization grants; (ii) Library 17 System grants; (iii) annual grants to Research and Reference 18 Centers; (iv) per capita grants to public libraries; and (v) 19 planning and construction grants to public libraries and 20 library systems. Libraries, in order to be eligible for 21 grants under this Section, must be members of a library 22 system. 23 (b) An annual grant shall be made to all public 24 libraries for which the corporate authorities levy a tax for 25 all library purposes at a rate not less than .13% of the 26 value of all taxable property as equalized and assessed by 27 the Department of Revenue if the amount of the tax revenue 28 produces less than $7.50 per capita and at least 10% of the 29 population territory of the library has a personal income at 30 or below the poverty level as determined by the U.S. 31 Department of Commerce Bureau of Census. These libraries HB3229 Engrossed -2- LRB9111263JMcs 1 shall be eligible for a grant equivalent to the difference 2 between the amount obtained from a rate of .13% of the value 3 of all taxable property and an annual income of $7.50 per 4 capita. A library that receives a grant under this paragraph 5 that reduces the tax levy below the amount levied at the time 6 the original application is approved shall be ineligible to 7 receive further equalization grants until the levy is 8 increased to or exceeds the rate at which the levy was set at 9 the time the original grant application was approved.
An10 annual equalization grant shall be made to all public11 libraries for which the corporate authorities levy a tax for12 library purposes at a rate not less than .13% of the value13 of all the taxable property as equalized and assessed by the14 Department of Revenue if the amount of tax revenue obtained15 from a rate of .13% produces less than $4.25 per capita. In16 that case, the State Librarian is authorized to make an17 equalization grant equivalent to the difference between the18 amount obtained from a rate of .13% and an annual income of19 $4.25 per capita. If a library receiving an equalization20 grant reduces its tax levy below the amount levied at the21 time the original application is approved, it shall be22 ineligible to receive further equalization grants.23 If a library is subject to the Property Tax Extension 24 Limitation Law in the Property Tax Code and its tax levy for 25 library purposes has been lowered to a rate of less than 26 .13%, the library will qualify for this grant if the library 27 levied a tax for library purposes that met the requirements 28 for this grant in the previous year and if the tax levied for 29 library purposes in the current year produces tax revenue for 30 the library that is an increase over the previous year's 31 extension of 5% or the percentage increase in the Consumer 32 Price Index, whichever is less, and the tax revenue produced 33 by this levy is less than $7.50 $4.25per capita. In this 34 case, the State Librarian is authorized to make an HB3229 Engrossed -3- LRB9111263JMcs 1 equalization grant equivalent to the difference between the 2 amount of tax revenue obtained from the current levy and an 3 annual income of $7.50 $4.25per capita. If a library4 receiving an equalization grant reduces its tax levy below5 the amount levied at the time the original application is6 approved, it shall be ineligible to receive further7 equalization grants.8 (c) Annual Library System grants shall be made, upon 9 application, to each library system approved by the State 10 Librarian on the following basis: 11 (0.5) The distribution of annual library system 12 grants, from all fund sources for this purpose, at the 13 rate of 90% for distribution by means of area and per 14 capita served, as provided in paragraph (1) of this 15 subsection. Additionally, the remaining 10% of funds 16 available for annual library system grants shall be made 17 available for distribution based upon approved 18 application, by the State Librarian, for the provision of 19 services to member libraries and for technological 20 developments. 21 (1) For cooperative public library systems, public 22 library systems, or multitype library systems, the sum of 23 $1.46 per capita of the population of the area served 24 plus the sum of $50.75 per square mile or fraction 25 thereof of the area served. 26 (2) If the amounts appropriated for grants is 27 different from the amount provided for in paragraph (1) 28 of this subsection, the area and per capita funding shall 29 be proportionately reduced or increased accordingly. 30 Remaining funding comprising 10% of the annual library 31 systems grants shall be distributed upon approval of 32 application for initiatives of library development and 33 technological innovations according to rules and 34 regulations promulgated by the State Librarian on HB3229 Engrossed -4- LRB9111263JMcs 1 criteria for awarding the grants. 2 (3) For multitype library systems, additional funds 3 may be appropriated. The appropriation shall be 4 distributed on the same proportional per capita and per 5 square mile basis as provided in paragraph (1) of this 6 subsection. 7 (d) The "area served" for the purposes of this Act means 8 the area that lies within the geographic boundaries of the 9 library system as approved by the State Librarian. In 10 determining the population of the area served by the library 11 system, the Illinois State Library shall use the latest 12 federal census for the political subdivisions in the area 13 served. 14 (e) In order to be eligible for a grant under this 15 Section, the corporate authorities, instead of a tax levy at 16 a particular rate, may provide from a source other than 17 federal revenue sharing an amount equivalent to the amount 18 produced by that levy. 19 (Source: P.A. 89-188, eff. 7-19-95; 90-169, eff. 7-23-97.) 20 (75 ILCS 10/8.4) (from Ch. 81, par. 118.4) 21 Sec. 8.4. School library grants. Beginning July 1, 22 1989, the State Librarian shall make grants annually under 23 this Section to all school districts in the State for the 24 establishment and operation of qualified school libraries, or 25 the additional support of existing qualified school 26 libraries, from funds appropriated by the General Assembly. 27 Such grants shall be in the amount of $1.25 $0.75per student 28 as determined by the official enrollment as of the previous 29 September 30 of the respective school having a qualified 30 school library. If the moneys appropriated for grants under 31 this Section are not sufficient, the State Librarian shall 32 reduce the amount of the grants as necessary; in making these 33 reductions, the State Librarian shall endeavor to provide HB3229 Engrossed -5- LRB9111263JMcs 1 each school district that has a qualifying school library (i) 2 at least the same amount per student as the district received 3 under this Section in the preceding fiscal year, and (ii) a 4 total grant of at least $100. 5 To qualify for grants under this Section, a school 6 library must: 7 (1) Be an entity which serves the basic information 8 and library needs of the school's employees and students 9 through a bibliographically organized collection of 10 library materials, has at least one employee whose 11 primary duty is to serve as a librarian, and has a 12 collection permanently supported financially, accessible 13 centrally, and occupying identifiable quarters in one 14 principal location. 15 (2) Meet the requirements for membership in a 16 library system under the provisions of this Act. 17 (3) Have applied for membership in the library 18 system of jurisdiction if the system is a multitype 19 library system under this Act. 20 (4) Provide, as mutually determined by the Illinois 21 State Librarian and the Illinois State Board of 22 Education, library services which either meet or show 23 progress toward meeting the Illinois school library 24 standards as most recently adopted by the Illinois School 25 Library Media Association. 26 (5) Submit a statement certifying that the 27 financial support for the school library or libraries of 28 the applying school district has been maintained 29 undiminished, or if diminished, the percentage of 30 diminution of financial support is no more than the 31 percentage of diminution of the applying school's total 32 financial support for educational and operations purposes 33 since the submission of the last previous application of 34 the school district for the school library per student HB3229 Engrossed -6- LRB9111263JMcs 1 grant that was funded. 2 Grants under this Section shall be made only upon 3 application of the school district for its qualified school 4 library or school libraries. 5 (Source: P.A. 91-507, eff. 8-13-99.) 6 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon 7 becoming law.
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