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Article - Education




§23–205.

    (a)    Each year, the State Library Board may include in its budget operating funds for:

        (1)    The State Library Resource Center;

        (2)    Each regional resource center;

        (3)    The Maryland Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped;

        (4)    The Deaf Culture Digital Library; and

        (5)    Each metropolitan cooperative service program.

    (b)    (1)    The State shall pay all capital expenses for:

            (i)    The State Library Resource Center; and

            (ii)    Each regional resource center.

        (2)    Before any money is spent under this subsection, the appropriate board of library trustees shall:

            (i)    Have the project approved by the State Library Board;

            (ii)    Through the State Library Board, submit the request to the Department of Budget and Management for consideration under Title 3, Subtitle 6 of the State Finance and Procurement Article; and

            (iii)    Agree to reimburse the State Library Board an amount the State Library Board determines if the facility ceases to be used for a resource center or cooperative service program.

    (c)    (1)    Each year each participating regional resource center shall receive a minimum amount of funding for each resident of the area served, to be used for operating and capital expenses.

        (2)    The allocation shall be calculated as follows:

            (i)    For each of fiscal years 2011 through 2015............$6.75 per each resident of the area served;

            (ii)    For fiscal year 2016........... $6.95 per each resident of the area served;

            (iii)    For fiscal year 2017............ $7.15 per each resident of the area served;

            (iv)    For fiscal year 2018............ $7.55 per each resident of the area served;

            (v)    For fiscal year 2019............ $7.95 per each resident of the area served;

            (vi)    For fiscal year 2020............ $8.35 per each resident of the area served;

            (vii)    For fiscal year 2021............ $8.55 per each resident of the area served; and

            (viii)    For fiscal year 2022 and each fiscal year thereafter............ $8.75 per each resident of the area served.

    (d)    (1)    Each year the State Library Resource Center shall receive a minimum amount of funding for each State resident in the previous fiscal year, to be used for operating and capital expenses.

        (2)    The allocation shall be calculated as follows:

            (i)    For each of fiscal years 2010 through 2016............$1.67 per State resident;

            (ii)    For fiscal year 2017………………………$1.69 per State resident;

            (iii)    For fiscal year 2018………………………$1.73 per State resident;

            (iv)    For fiscal year 2019………………………$1.77 per State resident;

            (v)    For fiscal year 2020…………………$1.81 per State resident; and

            (vi)    For fiscal year 2021 and each fiscal year thereafter............ $1.85 per State resident.

    (e)    Beginning in fiscal year 2016 and in each fiscal year thereafter, the Maryland Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped shall receive an amount equivalent to at least 25% of the amount received by the State Library Resource Center for the same fiscal year under subsection (d) of this section.

    (f)    (1)    The State Library Board shall:

            (i)    Disburse funds to the State and regional resource centers, the Maryland Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, and metropolitan cooperative service programs; and

            (ii)    Require that these funds be used subject to any conditions specified by the appropriating agency or imposed under this subtitle.

        (2)    The State Library Board may authorize the State Comptroller to withhold funds from any regional resource center or metropolitan cooperative service program that fails to meet the standards adopted by the State Library Board.