Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Municipal Appropriation Requirement (MAR)

I spent some time looking around the MA Board of Library Commissioners website on Monday. I was trying to find information on the de-certification of the Franklin Public Library. I eventually found this:

Massachusetts General Law (M.G.L., c.78, s.19A), states that a municipality must appropriate a figure of at least the average of the last 3 years' municipal appropriations to the library for operations, increased by 2.5%, in order to be certified for State Aid to Public Libraries 
This calculated figure is known as the Municipal Appropriation Requirement (MAR).  
A municipality must meet the MAR or apply for and receive a waiver of the MAR in order to be eligible to be certified for State Aid to Public Libraries by the Board of Library Commissioners. Capital appropriations cannot be used to meet the MAR.

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