Sunday, November 17, 2013

Library is Bright Spot in Decatur City Manager's 2014 Budget

Layoffs likely as city tries to close $1.6 million budget gap. (Decatur Herald-Review, 11/16/2013)

But only because, in the library's case, the budget ax had previously been used. There were a few bright spots in McCrady’s presentation. He praised Decatur Public Library officials for their budget, which provides for a $150,000 surplus next year. McCrady’s budget proposal allocates $3.4 million in revenue for the library, keeping its funding level. 

Library board members earlier this year were forced to cut $500,000 to balance the library budget. The measures included layoffs and shortened hours.

From June 28, 2013

"Baby Talk" programs are still on the Decatur Public Library's schedule in November 2013.

Related articles:
The Decatur Public Library tightens it belt.  (10/4/2013)
Decatur Illinois & the double whammy of falling home values and reduced tax revenue.  (6/4/2013)
The Atlanta housing meltdown continues. (2/2/2012)
Housing Prices Continue to Fall in Major U.S. Cities. (1/25/2011)
On the basis of this trend, urban libraries will certainly be tightening their belts again next year.  (12/28/2010)
The property tax domino effect (Atlanta metro area). (12/27/2010)
National League of Cities research brief on America's cities.  (10/7/2010)

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