Proposed Midyear Budget Cut Would Mean Service Reductions in NYC
— found at the ALA Web site
In the face of midyear budget cuts proposed by the city administration, New York City’s three public library systems are gearing up for service reductions should the cuts be approved.
Although it will be April before the libraries learn whether the cuts will occur, Brooklyn Public Library is preparing to take measures that will avoid having to make major changes at that time. “Due to budget cuts for fiscal year 2006 that were announced on January 31, 2006, Brooklyn Public Library is taking a number of steps to save $1.2 million,” said BPL Chief of Staff Dionne Mack. “By focusing our efforts on internal savings, we can minimize the impact to BPL’s service and continue to provide access to books, technology, and programs for the people of Brooklyn.” The $1.2 million cut would amount to 1.7% of the library’s city-funded budget.