Library Budget Cuts & the Future

Posted on Wednesday 15 July 2009

Thank you for your emails, calls and letters to the Governor and state legislators!

Your messages of support for your library helped convince Ohio elected officials to reject the massive cuts that had been proposed. The state budget that passed July 13 included additional cuts of $84.3 million to Ohio’s Public Library Fund over the next two years. Although that is not the $227.3 million originally proposed, the cuts that were approved this week, added to the 20% drop in the Public Library Fund the first six months of this year, will result in a 31% loss of state funding.

Unfortunately, the Westerville Public Library cannot absorb a 31% reduction in state funding without making some difficult decisions related to continuing the level of services our customers depend upon. We are currently finalizing the plans for service reductions and other cost-saving measures that we will share with you shortly. The Library Board of Trustees and library staff deeply appreciate your patience and understanding as we move forward in addressing the continuing and unprecedented cuts in funding.

Your continued awareness and powerful support are extremely important to your library. Please voice your need and appreciation of the services and benefits your library provides. Thank you very much for your support.

Please see this article from the Columbus Dispatch and the Ohio Library Council’s website for more information.

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