Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Library Budget cuts - continued

Update from the LeoniaReads blog

As announced on the Leonia Talks list, tomorrow night (March 31st at 7:30PM), the Mayor will hold a Town Hall meeting at Leonia High School (100 Christie Heights) in the LHS Theater, and he will be "making a presentation regarding the municipal budget....At the conclusion of my presentation, I will open the floor to and facilitate questions and comments from attendees."

Included in his presentation, we hope the mayor will address questions about the proposed $125,000 cut to the library budget, including:
  • Whether cuts were proposed in other departments.
  • Is the 2016 Library budget cut proportional?
  • How have other departments fared between 2008 and 2015?
  • How DOES Leonia spend its money? What are the real numbers allocated to each department?
Here are some facts about the LIBRARY:
  • The Library budget was cut in 2008 (3 people lost their jobs) and has not returned to 2008 levels. In 2008, the Library budget was $840,464. In 2015, it was $817,982.
  • The Library has been well managed and is still ready to bear its share of the burden.
  • The Leonia Library is YOUR Community Center. About 3,000 attended library programs last year…people of all ages and socio-economic levels: seniors, children, teens. Let's keep it that way!
This is another opportunity to show support for the library while learning about Leonia's economic future.