The Kenai Community Library has accrued in the past three years $9,548.93 in unreturned materials, according to data provided by the city attorney’s office.
There are 122 library accounts with stolen materials on them, according to the data. Once an account is closed, the city’s legal department sends a letter requesting the property’s return, City Attorney Scott Bloom said.
At an Aug. 21 city council meeting, Bloom said the city may contract a debt collector to take direct action. But the city has not adopted that route, and it has taken no new direction, Bloom said.
Kenai residents comprise 57 percent of the delinquent accounts, according to the data. Their collective fines total $5,760.86, according to the data. There are 22 Soldotna accounts at a total of $1,338,44 in fines and 12 Nikiski accounts at a total of $849.43 in fines, according to the data.
There are also seven Sterling accounts at $591.91 in fines; five Kasilof accounts at $444.14; two Anchorage accounts at $181.85; one Clam Gulch account at $69.25; one Ninilchik account at $70.90; one Palmer account at $168.86; and one Montrose, Colo., account at $73.29, according to the data.
— Reporter Dan Schwartz