In January 2000 a special election established the Bulverde Area Rural Library District in the western portion of Comal County, funded by a ½ % sales tax, per Texas Local Government Code 326, which established Library Districts. The library’s name became The Bulverde/Spring Branch Library to reflect the service area of the Library District. The Library District does not receive any property taxes and only benefits if you shop in the western portion of Comal County.
In compliance with Local Government Code paragraph 140.008, as provided by House Bill 1378, the Bulverde Area Rural Library District is required to report to the public its debt obligations.
The Board of Trustees are elected by the voters of the Bulverde Area Rural Library District every two years--three positions in even years, two positions in odd years.
Donna Harris - President (Term 2018 - 2020)
Deborah Neubauer and Michele Grauerholz have been elected to the BARLD Trustees for the 2019-2021 term.
Important Election Dates:
Thursday, June 20, 2019 - BARLD deadline to post notice of candidate filing
Saturday, July 20, 2019 - First Day to File for Place on General Election Ballot
Monday, August 19, 2019 - 5:00pm Last Day to File for Place on General Election Ballot; BARLD last Day to Order General Election
Monday, October 7, 2019 - Last day to register to vote in the November Election
Monday, October 21, 2019 - First day of early voting
Friday, November 1, 2019 - Last day of early voting
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - Election Day
To clarify the organizations associated with the library:
The BARLD Board of Trustees (BOT) is responsible to the tax payers of the library district. The Trustees set library policy and oversee the fiscal management of the tax revenue funds for the Library District.
The Library Director is hired by and responsible to the BARLD Board of Trustees and is supervised directly by the President of the Board of Trustees. The Library Director and staff carry out the day to day operations of the Library.
The Friends of the Library (FOL) group has 501(c)3 nonprofit status with the IRS and is responsible to members of the FOL for managing the FOL organization. They conduct and support programs and activities for the library by providing funds and volunteers.
The Foundation of the Bulverde Area Rural Library District also has 501(c)3 nonprofit status with the IRS. It is set up to provide financial support for the library system by setting up endowment funds and other specific funds, by soliciting and accepting donations to those funds, by administering those funds, and by conducting fund raising activities.