Putnam and Summers counties' boards of education provide the libraries with the recommended amount from the state Department of Education. Putnam's school excess levy includes providing a portion of money to the library, but it wasn't as much as state education officials recommended about three years ago.
"They rose to meet it," Christo said.
Kanawha library administrators have said they plan to ask the school board to give at least some funding voluntarily.
Christo said the Putnam Board of Education supplies the libraries with $165,881 each year and the County Commission gave $265,000. He requested that commissioners increase the amount for fiscal year 2013-14 by $20,000.
Putnam needs a larger library, Christo said. A national library-space assessment shows that Putnam should have a little more than 18,000 square feet of space at its main branch, which has about 8,000.
Christo also is concerned that the Supreme Court decision could cause problems if Kanawha or Cabell county libraries are forced to cut back on spending.
"One of those cuts might be the delivery system they do for affiliates," he said. "Then, there would be no way to borrow books from other county service centers. Putnam patrons would only have access to books in Putnam County.
"People will really see what they're missing when they don't have e-books or all the new books."
Based on reaction to the Supreme Court decision, though, Christo thinks Kanawha County could have a large majority of the public's support to pass a library levy.
"But to get 60 percent," he said, "I don't know."
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