Friday, June 19, 2009

Library Budget Cuts

The library experienced a $32,000+ cut to the budget for fiscal year 2010, which begins July 1.
We lost a 10 hour a week position. The person lost processed many of our adult and young adult materials, so we expect to experience a lag time in getting out new materials. Other staff members will be called away from other duties, as possible, to do this work. Also, we lost the funding for Sunday hours. We regret the library will no longer be open on Sundays. In addition, we will be closing at 4 p.m. instead of 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Approximately $12,000 of the cut came from our budget for materials, so we'll be purchasing less for you to borrow and enjoy this year. We also lost a 20 hour a week desk position, when a staff member resigned to move out of state in May. We still have the money for that position in our budget, but as there is a hiring freeze, we cannot fill it. The library will be asking the Board of Library Commissioners for a waiver this fall, as we do not meet their requirements for funding, which could lead to the loss of state aid, which was over $30,000 in the past year.
Please let us know if you have any questions.

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