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Library braces for funding cuts

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Library board members continued to discuss how best to address a gap in the projected Fiscal Year 2013 during the regular monthly meeting on Monday.

To make its financials work, the Gwinnett County Public Library system is considering more than $1 million in expense reductions to keep in line with current funding levels.

Of note, staff has proposed a 9 percent, or a $300,000 reduction in the materials budget. It's Chairman Phillip Saxton's least favorite option.

"I can't tell you how much I'm concerned about this," Saxon said. "Cutting our materials budget by this much worries me."

Board Member Dick Goodman said the materials reduction as well as many of the others that are being considered are "out of our control since we're heavily dependent on the county budget."

Another measure includes staffing changes that would mean a reduction in hours for 44 part-time staff members working for Gwinnett County Public Library System.

The staff members will get a reduction in benefits and hours -- from 20 to 17 a week. It is projected to save $684,000.

The cuts also include a 5 percent decrease in the system's operations budget for a savings of $134,000.

County funding for the library is $16 million for the Fiscal Year 2013 budget, while the state projects about $1 million in funding and $1.4 million is expected through self-generated funds.

The library's total budget is projected at $19.9 million for Fiscal Year 2013.

The library board could approve the budget during the next meeting on June 25. Next, the officials will take it to the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners in July for final approval.

Comments

kevin 2 years, 2 months ago

We have been subjected to almost 100 articles in the past 2 yrs about library cuts. What give GDP? Why aren't you talking about cuts to larger departments? Is this something political going on between the BOC & the GDP trying to get people up in arms? I could care less about the small peanuts of the library when we have much larger places to cut. Try salaries, raises, pensions, inapt Water Resources Dept, outsourcing contracts, etc. All we need is the basic services: Resources, Protection, Infrastructure. All the rest is an extra bonus that we can do without for a while. Get it right or get out of office.

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atticusalan 2 years, 2 months ago

Libraries are essential services. You gotta have "resources, protection, and infrastructure to have a community, but those things don't make a community: schools, parks, and libraries do. They're an essential part of my family's life and I vote too.

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myview 2 years, 2 months ago

Yes! Libraries are both essential and a privilege. I gladly support the library and education in general. Check out this article from FoxNews.com

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RiggaTony 2 years, 2 months ago

Good. We need to eliminate libraries completely. There are way too many books and other materials in these place that can give people, especially children, dangerous ideas.

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