Thursday, June 21, 2012

Update on NEFLIN state funding

From Brad Ward of Northeast Florida Library Information Network (NEFLIN):

A big thank you to everyone who wrote Governor Scott about his veto of NEFLIN's state funding. Your message was heard.

The five directors of the Florida MLCs (NEFLIN, PLAN, SEFLIN, SWFLN and TBLC) were able to go to Tallahassee last week and meet with the Governor's budget staff.

We explained the need for our services and why state funding provides a great return on their investment. Our presentation satisfied the budget staff and we were encouraged to seek state funding for our program in the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2013.

However, this does not affect the upcoming year. As a result of the veto NEFLIN will not receive state funds for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2012.

Because of this the NEFLIN Board took action at their last meeting to take enough funds out of NEFLIN's reserves to continue operations as usual.

There will be no change in the services NEFLIN provides next year.

Brad Ward
Executive Director
(904) 278-5620

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