While the library is a part of Champaign City government and receives most of its funding from the City of Champaign, the library is governed by an appointed Board of Trustees. Its budget is approved by both the Library Board and the City Council.
Champaign property tax provides 92% of the library’s funding. User fees, corporate replacement tax, and some miscellaneous income make up the rest of the library’s revenues.
Additionally, the library seeks private contributions, grants, and sponsorships to support library services and provide enhancements. But while private funding helps keep collections and programs strong, it cannot take the place of tax support.
If you are a resident of Champaign, 5.3% of your property tax bill goes to the Champaign Public Library.The library has a separate property levy set by the Champaign City Council. The levy of 0.4222 has remained the same since 1998.
To find out how your property tax is calculated and distributed, visit ci.champaign.il.us/tax.