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2009-2010 Library Budget Proposal: Lower Revenues--Reducing Library Service
TO: LIBRARY JOINT POWERS AUTHORITY BOARD
FR: ACTING DIRECTOR OF LIBRARIES
RE: FY 2009-2010 OPERATING BUDGET
Recommendation: That the Library Joint Powers Authority Board approve resolutions adopting a FY 2009-2010 operating budget based on the appropriations for supplies and services shown in Table 2, transferring trust and other funds for the 2009/10 budget; changing branch hours, and eliminating positions as outlined in either Scenario 6 or Scenario 7.
The 2009-2010 Budget is a budget of cuts. Cuts to supplies, cuts to services, cut to programs, cuts to the book and media budget, cuts to staff, cuts to branch hours.
The problem is not the current services offered; they are basic public library services. The problem is not too much staff for current service. The problem is not the community--the community uses their local libraries--all ages; and they have supported them; passing the temporary ¼ % sales tax for local libraries in 1996 when local property tax was not sufficient for the library service they deserved. Then in 2008, they voted to make the ¼ % sales tax permanent.
The problem is a budget that has no place to grow, while demand for service (and use of existing service) has been up all year, and this is coupled with a dramatic decline in sales tax; a smaller local decline in property tax, and now the very real threat that the state will take 8% of the library's remaining property tax.
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