On Aug. 24, the City Council Finance Committee approved returning $792,000 to the library budget: roughly $500,000 would restore cuts to the materials budget (books, periodicals, DVDs, CDs, etc.) and the remainder would restore 20 of the 264 hours that were proposed to be cut, adding back Sunday hours at five locations. If the full City Council votes to approve the Fiscal Year 2013 city budget at its Sept. 25 meeting, the $792,000 will be restored to the library budget; however, the other proposed cuts to the budget would stand: most libraries would be closed on Sundays and Mondays, and 71 positions would be eliminated.
As part of the Sept. 25 Council meeting, there will be an opportunity for public comments. Each speaker is limited to three minutes. If you would like to address the Council about the library’s budget during the public comments period, you must fill out a speaker’s request card with your contact information and the bill number (2012-433). Speaker cards are available before and during the Council meeting. The Council meeting begins at 5 p.m. in City Hall (117 W. Duval Street).