Seeking Your Comments: Estes Valley Library’s 2023 Budget

On Monday, November 21 at 6:30 p.m., the Estes Valley Library District governing board will hold a public hearing to review the library’s proposed budget for 2023. The budget is prepared by library staff with a commitment to honor the public’s priorities and to utilize their experience in the prudent use of public funds.

Both the budget and the accompanying budget message are available online. The public is welcomed (and encouraged) to review them at (look for the “2023 budget” link on the homepage), and supply input directly to the board (either at the meeting, or via email at

Budget planning ensures vital oversight for the library’s current strategic goals:

• Focus on Early Literacy

• Enable Lifelong Learning

• Enable a Greater Sense of Community

• Deliver Materials on a Personalized Basis

• Grow Internally to Succeed Externally

This better assures continuity of services within year-to-year revenue fluctuations. Surplus revenues are held in the Long-Term Operating Reserve to help meet future operating expenses. In addition, a minimum Capital Replacement Reserve has been designated for facility maintenance and improvement expenditures.

After the public hearing takes place, the board will look to adopt the 2023 budget at their December 12 regular meeting. By adopting the budget, the Estes Valley Public Library District Board of Trustees provides for the accountability of the library’s operations.

The library is fortunate to have the outstanding support of the Estes Valley Library Friends & Foundation. Their fundraising includes the successful Cliffhanger Used Books located next to the post office. Their efforts will result in providing 13% of the Library District’s total projected revenue for 2023.

The Estes Valley Library strives to remain flexible to meet the community’s evolving needs by providing professional service and planning for future sustainability. The library is a cornerstone of the community’s intellectual freedom and a great place to learn, meet, and explore.

To learn more about the 2023 budget, the Estes Valley Library District board, and current library programs and collections, visit

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