TREASURE ISLAND — Despite lingering irritation with officials at the Gulf Beaches Public Library, most city commissioners appear ready to reimburse residents half the $100 cost of a library card.
They are scheduled to officially vote at the Nov. 3 regular meeting.
On Tuesday, the commission split 3-2 during an informal workshop discussion over where residents should buy their library cards to be eligible for the reimbursement.
Mayor Mary Maloof and Commissioners Phil Collins and Ed Gayton Jr. want residents to purchase their cards directly at the Madeira Beach-based library. Commissioners Alan Bildz and Bob Minning want them to be able to buy their cards at any library in the county.
Where residents buy their cards is important because under county library rules, the money paid for library cards remains at the library where the purchase is made.
The Gulf Beaches Public Library's operating budget is significantly short this year because the Treasure Island commission eliminated its expected $107,000 contribution.
Since Oct. 1, the library charges Treasure Island residents a county-mandated $100 annual fee to use the library.
Under a $57,000 proposal drafted by City Manager Reid Silverboard, the city would pay $50 to 2,000 residents who buy their library cards at the Madeira Beach library.