(This is part two of a series of articles on Library Funding and the Bergen County Cooperative Library System (BCCLS))  Part one

(Ed note:  Only Bergen County Towns are eligible for funding from the Bergen County Freeholders Grant). 

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -  Until the recent decision to change the funding mechanism for the Bergen County Freeholder grant, if, and how much,money you received from BCCLS, depended on one thing - whether or not you were a "Net Lender' or a "Net Borrower".  If you were a "net lender", you received funding. If you were a "net borrower", you did not. 

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What is a net lender or net borrower?  

Simply, a net lender is a library that lends out more than it borrows.   What creates issues is that people would guess that libraries would probably be close to net zero.  Or that smaller towns would be net borrowers, and bigger towns would be net lenders. The statistics, provided by BCCLS, do not bear that out.

The top 20 lending/borrowing towns (Gross numbers)

Top Lenders   Top Borrowers
1 Paramus          168,113   Teaneck          103,793
2 Ridgefield            62,242   Ridgewood            72,354
3 Teaneck            60,242   Fort Lee            62,014
4 Bergenfield            56,176   Fair Lawn            60,259
5 Mahwah            54,028   Bloomfield            47,963
6 Montclair             48,643   Hackensack            46,391
7 Livingston            47,832   Mahwah            45,095
8 Franklin Lakes            46,676   River Edge            44,384
9 Tenafly            46,200   West Orange            44,336
10 Closter            45,522   Montclair            42,479
11 Wyckoff            44,792   Ramsey            38,671
12 Fort Lee            44,311   Livingston            38,073
13 Hillsdale            37,415   Bergenfield            37,935
14 Glen Rock            36,691   Tenafly            35,454
15 Hasbrouck Heights            36,326   Edgewater            34,467
16 Ramsey            35,062   Wyckoff            34,447
17 Englewood            34,227   Englewood            33,888
18 Fair Lawn            32,771   Glen Rock            33,160
19 Cresskill            29,997   Hoboken            32,363
20 Palisades Park            29,954   Paramus            31,946

Top 20 Net Lenders/Borrowers

Top Net Lenders   Top Net Borrowers
  Town  Loaned   Borrowed    Net    Town  Loaned   Borrowed    Net 
1 Paramus          168,113            31,946          136,167   Teaneck            60,242          103,793         (43,551)
2 Ridgefield              62,242            11,153           51,089   Bloomfield            15,071            47,963         (32,892)
3 Franklin Lakes            46,676            16,677           29,999   West Orange            13,275            44,336         (31,061)
4 Closter            45,522            17,050           28,472   Fair Lawn            32,771            60,259         (27,488)
5 Hasbrouck Heights            36,326            11,930           24,396   Edgewater              8,564            34,467         (25,903)
6 Bergenfield            56,176            37,935           18,241   River Edge            19,566            44,384         (24,818)
7 Hillsdale            37,415            21,136           16,279   Hackensack            28,542            46,391         (17,849)
8 Palisades Park            29,954            18,241           11,713   Fort Lee            44,311            62,014         (17,703)
9 Upper Saddle River            23,302            12,516           10,786   Oakland            14,827            29,217         (14,390)
10 Tenafly            46,200            35,454           10,746   Hoboken            21,323            32,363         (11,040)
11 Wyckoff            44,792            34,447           10,345   Ho-Ho-Kus              9,215            20,101         (10,886)
12 Carlstadt            18,398              8,421              9,977   Dumont            21,070            30,804           (9,734)
13 Nutley            28,522            18,546              9,976   Harrington Park              9,088            16,896           (7,808)
14 Livingston            47,832            38,073              9,759   Wood-Ridge              9,095            16,662           (7,567)
15 Mahwah            54,028            45,095              8,933   North Arlington              3,355            10,873           (7,518)
16 Old Tappan            18,065              9,855              8,210   Maplewood            13,454            20,724           (7,270)
17 Midland Park            26,645            19,558              7,087   Lodi            14,451            21,694           (7,243)
18 Oradell            28,840            22,156              6,684   Washington Township            14,268            21,256           (6,988)
19 Montclair             48,643            42,479              6,164   Saddle Brook            10,456            17,376           (6,920)
20 Bogota            14,731              8,996              5,735   Millburn            23,444            30,363           (6,919)

From the statistics,  it is clear who the winners and losers are in the change in formula.  Paramus stands to lose the most, as last year they received an estimated $45,000 in funding.  That will be cut to $2,400.  

Towns that lose funding will not see an immediate loss in revenues, as half of the calendar year has already been funded, but fiscal year 2019-20, will be where the impact is felt. (Governments run on fiscal years, July 1 to June 30).

According to BCCLS director Dave Hanson, 84% of the grant monies went to the top 12 lending towns.  The rest of the net lending checks went to the remaining 16% of the libraries in Bergen County.  (Only Bergen County towns receive money from the Freeholders.)  Seven libraries received 50% of the grant money.

For towns like Wood-RIdge, Hackensack, Fair Lawn, Glen Rock, it will be the first time in quite a while that they will receive money from BCCLS.  For Hasbrouck Heights, according to Hanson, they have already received half their funds, so they will lose only $2,000 in funding in 2019, close to $5,000 next year.  Paramus loses over $40,000.  

 

 

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