From the Director of Jacksonville Public Library:
The Fiscal Year 2014 budget was approved last night by the City Council. The budget includes an amendment sponsored by City Councilman Bill Bishop and approved by the Council Tuesday night that will keep the Main Library open on Saturdays and restore the eight positions that would have been eliminated. However, the cut to library materials of $173,370 remains.
More to come....According to the mayor’s spokesperson, the mayor will review the budget and decide whether he will exercise his line-item veto authority. We expect to hear more about that today or tomorrow. The budget must be finalized by midnight on Sept. 30; it goes into effect Oct. 1.We appreciate the support of Councilman Bishop and his colleagues on the Council who voted to keep Jacksonville libraries open. We also want to thank the Board of Library Trustees, the Friends groups and all who expressed their support of our libraries to their City Council member.We are also grateful to the more than 100 third graders from Lone Star Elementary who attended a recent City Council Finance Committee meeting to speak out in support of libraries. Each carried with them a favorite book. Several students gave impassioned speeches about why the libraries should not be closed and how their lives would be negatively impacted without a library. It was a heartwarming scene and no doubt made an impression on the council members.It has been a most challenging budget season, but you have remained professional and dedicated to providing quality service to our customers. Thank you for all that you do every day.Barbara Gubbin