From staff reports
Long a sticking point between San Marcos and Hays County leaders, the county has agreed to increase its share of funding for the San Marcos Public Library.
Hays County will pay the city $74,432 this fiscal year, a 20 percent increase over last year and the largest single increase since the county first started partially funding the San Marcos and four other libraries in the county.
“It started with a handshake agreement in the 70s,” said Stephanie Langenkamp, the library director.
The arrangement allows residents who live outside the city limits to check out books and other resources from the city library. But local leaders have argued for years that San Marcos residents subsidize the surrounding county for library services.
Langenkamp estimates that 30 percent of library cardholders do not live in the city. Even with the funding increase, the county’s contribution makes up only 6.4 percent of the library’s budget.
“This ongoing partnership allows county residents who live outside city who do not pay for bonding taxes that built this facility to have the same opportunity to use the library for what really is a nominal fee. The county is not subsidizing the city in any way,” Mayor Susan Narvaiz said.
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