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Link to June 25 La Crosse Tribune article, "Smaller municipalities brace for big cuts to state aid".
Excerpt: Shrinking state aid promises to squeeze all of Wisconsin’s municipalities, but leaders of the smallest say they’re bearing an unfair share of the cuts.
Towns and villages, on average, stand to lose 11.2 percent of their shared revenue under the most recent incarnations of the nearly complete biennial budget.The revenue cuts are driven by slumping sales tax and property tax revenue. But the hyper-local, bare-bones operations are shouldering too much of the reductions, town and village officials say.
And on a related note, the following report was passed along to me this morning.
I was talking to our village clerk this AM and she was at a League of Municipalities meeting ( I can't remember their official name) but it was statewide/state officials and she told me that the libraries were indicated as number one place to be cut in funding. I didn't know if you were aware of this particular discussion but I thought I would pass it along. ( a lot of the "reasoning" was everyone can get their info from the Internet of course)
A few thoughts.
First of all, if your city officials still think that "everyone can get their information from the Internet", you got your work cut out for your between now and when your municipality approves its 2010 budget.
Secondly, since the League's membership is comprised of 189 cities and 389 vlllages, I'd be interested to learn (1) how many members were at this meeting and (2) whom they represented.
And finally, if this was indeed a serious discussion, the follow-up needs to be enhanced preparation on the part of library directors and library board member for their 2010 budget deliberations. If library directors don't know which city/village officials are for library services or which are agin 'em, they'd better find out right away.
That's step 1.
Step 2 is building a network of community library supporters -- people willing and eager to speak up. And if you haven't done any budget disaster planning, I like to think it won't be a case of too little/too late starting up a local library advocacy program from scratch.
Whatever the case, you need to...........