Monday, May 14, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
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.