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Last chance to join in on the survey!

We are grateful to all who have completed the Board of Library Trustees Budget Survey so far. If you haven’t responded yet, you have until midnight August 23, so go to this link now to let the board know how the proposed $4.6 million in library budget cuts will impact you. 

Here’s what some of you are saying:

How will the cuts impact you?

ilovejpl blog post imageMayor Brown has submitted a budget to the City Council containing $4.6 million in cuts to the operating expenses of the Jacksonville Public Library’s budget for 2013.  The reductions mean libraries closed on Sundays and most also closed on Mondays, fewer library hours during the week, less money for library materials, and job cuts.

What's the library worth to you?

Have you ever added up what it would cost to purchase all the items you check out from the library in a year? Library customers saved more than $112 million last year by checking out library materials rather than buying them. How much did you save? Use our Value Calculator to find out!

Impact of library cuts reviewed by board

The Board of Library Trustees held a budget workshop Monday to discuss in more detail the cuts facing the library. One of the biggest impacts of the cuts on customers will be the reduction in library hours: all libraries will be closed on Sundays and most will be closed on Mondays as well. Cuts also will mean fewer books and other materials, fewer programs and services and fewer staff able to help customers.

Library operations to be cut $4.6 million

Mayor Alvin Brown Monday unveiled his budget proposal for the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year which begins Oct. 1. While his proposal shows a $4.3 million reduction in the library’s budget next year as compared to the current year, it will have the same impact on library operations as the $4.66 million cut previously requested because the cuts to staffing and materials remained the same.

Library Faces Significant Budget Cuts

The Jacksonville Public Library faces a significant reduction in staffing, service hours and materials in Fiscal Year 2013 if the City Council approves the $4.66 million budget cut requested by Mayor Alvin Brown. He will present his budget to the City Council July 16; the council will discuss and debate the budget this summer, with a final vote due by Sept. 29.

Under the proposed budget:

City Budget Gap Grows

The City's Police and Fire Pension Fund costs next Fiscal Year will be 57% higher than expected, according to an article in The Florida Times-Union.  As a city department, this news will have an impact on the library's budget for the new year. 

With a $45 million drop in revenue compared to last year, Brown was already working to fill a $58 million hole. In a preliminary version of the $1 billion budget submitted May 1, the administration estimated pension costs jumping by $23.2 million, far less than the actual increase.

In the news: Library funding and JCCI study

The results of a recently released JCCI study on independent library funding were a hot topic over the weekend, with the Florida Times-Union publishing two editorials weighing the impact of the study's findings. Read the full report from JCCI here or take a look at the executive summary.

Funding for FL Library Cooperatives Vetoed

Governor Rick Scott recently vetoed funding for Florida Library Cooperatives, including the NE Florida Library Information Network (NEFLIN). NEFLIN provides cost-effective services to the Jacksonville Public Library, including valuable training for library staff. We encourage you to write to Governor Scott to voice your opposition to this veto. You can e-mail Governor Scott from his website.

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