However, over the years there developed numerous
questions about building maintenance
and operating costs.
contract cities began to feel that Timberland should share the cost
of operating physical facilities.
The District successfully
avoided providing building support but in many cases the fa~ilities
suffered by being only marginally maintained.
Timberland officials should recognize that more carefully
written contracts must be developed in order to avoid serious
arguments in the future.
The District must
work with member cities in establishing
language relative to library buildings and building support.
may require that Timberland agree to some some level of financial
in the future.
However, as long as the relationship
between the cities and Timberland is merely contractual,
exist for cities to withdraw from the district, such
direct support is unlikely.
Another concern of contracting cities is the formula used
annual city contract fees.
This is an issue that
should be discussed with representatives
from the seven cities that
have not annexed to Timberland.
It is apparent that many city
officials do not understand
contract fee formula;
others understand the formula but resent Timberland's
that it be universally
The Timberland Board would do well
to review all possible city contract fee alternatives
in order to
services to a city unable to pay its required