Library Law - Attorney General Opinions

41 Op. Att’y Gen. No. 91 – 1986 – opinion about county commission authority over salaries, library budgets, and mills levied (pdf)

42 Op. Att’y Gen. No. 98 – 1988 – opinion about the authority of city commission to overrule library board decision about library property (pdf)

46 Op. Att'y Gen. No. 19 – 1996 – opinion on ability of library to avoid taxing limitations and ability of county to contract with a city library for library services (pdf)

46 Op. Att'y Gen. No. 23 - 1996 – opinion about forming multijurisdictional service districts and taxing burdens within those districts (pdf)

47 Op. Att'y Gen. No. 6 - 1997 – opinion about whether or not a city and county can have a joint library and levy taxes in both the city and county (pdf)

48 Op. Att'y Gen. No. 3 – 1999 – opinion about authority of county commission over library budget when library is funded by a general fund levy (pdf)

49 Op. Att’y Gen. No. 16 – 2002 – opinion about general obligations to fund library budget and ability of counties to enter into interlocal agreements (pdf)

53 Op. Att’y Gen. No. 2 - 2009 – opinion about hospital district budgets and similarities/differences to independent public library districts (pdf)

53 Op. Att’y Gen. No. 5 – 2010 – opinion about exempting city property from a county library levy when there is an independent city library (pdf)

54 Op. Att'y Gen. No. 7 – 2012 – opinion about local governing body authority over library mill levies and library budget.  This opinion supersedes previous Attorney General opinions about library board authority when it comes to the library's overall budget.

Background to the Att'y Gen. Opinion 54, Number 7 (pdf)
This is a summary of the previously issued AG opinions, the 2001 legislative changes, and the 2012 AG opinion. This summary is provided by MSL’s legal counsel.

FAQ for 54 Op. Att'y Gen. No. 7 (pdf)

57 Op. Att'y Gen. No. 3 - 2018 - opinion about local governing body's ability to remove appointed trustees from the library board.

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