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Library director clarifies budget process
To the editor:
The Anderson News’ May 27 edition contained both an article and the editorial in which the Anderson Public Library’s 2009-10 budget was a topic.
I would like to thank you for allowing me to address questions and comments from those printed items.
Please forgive me if I have incorrectly understood the articles, but it appears that there are two major questions being asked: 1) the type of budget presentation the fiscal court received from the library; and 2) the amount of money the library has “squirreled away” to generate $15,000 in interest.
In terms of the budget presentation, we follow KRS 65.065(5). The Anderson Public Library District is required to submit an annual financial report to the state of Kentucky each year. Our report is sent to the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, with a copy being delivered to our county judge-executive and to our county clerk. A copy is also kept in our library and is available to be viewed by the public. Photocopies of the report are available at 10 cents per page.
In accordance with KRS 65.065(1) our budget is filed with the fiscal court for public inspection, the fiscal court does not approve the library budget. We are also required to fill out and submit the Uniform Report each May for the Kentucky Department for Local Government, with copies again going to the judge-executive and county clerk. In May, the library submits a copy of our budget to be included with the county’s budget documents. This is the one sheet document that was discussed in the editorial and article. Like all taxing districts, we also complete the LF 2001 form and submit it to the county clerk. A one-page version of that document (LF2002) is required to be printed in the largest circulating newspaper serving our county.
The second question concerned the amount of money “squirreled away” by the library. In particular, how much must we have to generate $15,000 in interest? As of April 30, the library has total assets of $2,038,967. Of that money $365,309 is in CDs in local banks; the rest is in a money market account and a checking account at LNB.
As a taxing district, the majority of the collected money comes in November, December and January. Because the fiscal year begins July and new money is not available until November, the first five months of that year are funded by the previous year’s collected funds.
So the projected interest of $15,000 will hopefully be generated by the CDs, the money market account and the checking account. The $10,000 in miscellaneous funds is generated by copy and fax services.
The Anderson Public Library Board feels it is vital to have enough reserve assets to continue library service in a time of a dwindling tax assessment base.
Thank you for the opportunity to address these questions.
Director, Anderson Public Library
Little League parents need to be realistic
To the editor:
For the past eight years I have served as a volunteer coach in Anderson County, participating in both youth league football and baseball.
I am currently an assistant coach on my youngest son’s Little League team, along with two other dedicated, devoted coaches, Paul Mann and Obrey Gritton.
My years in coaching have been both personally rewarding and helped to deepen my relationship with my two sons. Further, in dealing with players and their parents, it has opened the door to many new relationships and close friendships.
However, there can be a negative dark side to coaching youth sports, that being the infrequent interaction with a disgruntled parent.
Over the years it has been my observation that many parents overestimate the true athletic ability of their children and tend to live vicariously through that child. In turn, that child can be left with a false sense of security or more frequent an attitude of arrogance that makes he or she impossible to coach and ultimately hurts the team as a whole.
Several days ago, following a game and in the presence of parents and players, I was confronted by an overzealous, aggressive mother. I was subsequently verbally assaulted by way of extreme vulgarities and ultimately subjected to a physical threat, all because her son was not playing the position she believed he needed to be playing and not batting in the order in which she felt he needed to be batting. Following her tirade not only was I offended but also embarrassed for her son, who witnessed the entire ordeal and who will ultimately suffer the consequences of his mother’s arrogance and deranged sense of self.
As once said by a Native American chief, “don’t judge a man until you have walked two moons in his moccasins.”
What myself, Coach Mann and Coach Gritton attempt to instill in our players is not an arrogant sense of self but the concept of team play, how to both win and lose with integrity and dignity and ultimately respect for your fellow teammates, coaches and parents.
Following the incident I briefly second guessed my decision to coach Little League until I was approached by numerous parents and overwhelmed by their outpouring of support, which in turn reminded me of the positive impact we as a coaching staff have had on our players.
Kudos for an incredible sister
To the editor:
I admire Stephanie Alves so much. She is my sister but she is also so much more.
She owns a child care center in Anderson County and provides child care for my child.
Not only does she take care of the most prized possessions we have but she genuinely loves each and every child in that center.
She takes pride in her business and strives to make it the best place a parent can feel comfortable in leaving their child on a daily basis.
She is also a mother to three wonderful kids; Ryan, 20, Jordan, 18, and Hannah,12. Since these kids were old enough to compete in sports she has been there the entire time. She never misses a game and at times she has had to split her time at more than one game just to make it to all of them.
Ryan has graduated high school and moved on to college, but on any given day she will drive to Lexington just to take him a book that he left at home.
Jordan is a senior at Anderson County High School and is currently playing baseball. On game nights she is right there, helping to make sure all the boys get fed and are ready for what lies ahead of them for the game.
She has spent endless hours making hoops, banners, signs, food and everything else that goes along with supporting your child.
Hannah is a cheerleader for the middle school. Stephanie also makes sure that Hannah is at cheerleading practice and takes gymnastics lessons.
On the weekend, Stephanie changes gears a little bit and puts on her boots, loads the horse trailer with at least one horse and travels to nearby counties to let Hannah compete in barrel racing. When the week is done for Stephanie, she will end it at her parents’ house on Sunday night for dinner, just like she has for years.
At times I don’t know how she does it all. She is constantly on the go for everyone else and wouldn’t have it any other way. She is such and inspiration to me and the community. She is involved with the community in so many ways through her business and through her love and participation for the school systems. For me, this is just a way to tell Stephanie what I feel so many parents in Anderson County would want to tell her.