Thursday, August 19, 2010

Warren, PA 16365: Retiring Guy's Hometown Library Faces Reduced Funding

Link to August 18 Warren Times Observer article, "Library faces reduced funding".

Excerpt: In addition to reduced funding, Warren Public Library is dealing with changes in the way state money is distributed.

During Monday afternoon's meeting of the Warren Library Association board of directors, library executive director Patty Sherbondy said the most recent state budget came with a 9.1 percent decrease in funding for public libraries.

The funding will be received in 12 monthly installments; previously the library received a lump sum in January. Prior to the lump sum distribution system, 80 percent was received in January and the remainder was doled out in April. The library received its first monthly payment in the amount of $30,317.84 on Aug. 4.

Board President Rob Kaemmerer hypothesized that the new method would make it easier for the state officials to change their minds.

"It gives the opportunity for the state to reach back and hold back funding," he said.

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