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Lisbon asks court to control Sussex library spending

 Town of Lisbon - Town officials are asking the Waukesha County Circuit Court for a temporary injunction that will restrict spending by the Pauline Haass Joint Municipal Library Board during the remainder of 2014.

Lisbon officials are concerned that the Library Board, which will go out of business on Dec. 31, may spend down its reserve funds so the town will gain less revenue from any agreement reached with the Village of Sussex regarding dividing the library's assets, according to Town Chairman Matt Gehrke.

Gehrke said the town and village must split the library's assets as a result of the Town Board voting on June 23 to terminate the joint municipal agreement with the village that funded and governed the library, located in Sussex, for the past 26 years.

Sussex village trustees will discuss in a closed session in August whether to engage in negotiations with the town even though village officials do not believe the town is entitled to a share of the library's assets, according to Village Administrator Jeremy Smith

The town is asking the court to prohibit the library from spending beyond appropriation levels outlined in the 2014 budget and to prohibit the library from spending any of its reserve funds. In addition, the town is asking the court to require the library board seeking court approval for spending for goods and services in excess of $10,000.

Library Director Kathy Klager said she does not know of any plans to spend reserve funds other than to pay some utility bills that may exceed budgeted amounts. Spending of any reserve funds would have to be approved by the Library Board, she added.

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