Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Board Votes to Keep All Branches Open

Link to March 24 Charlotte Observer article.

Excerpt:     The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library board voted unanimously Wednesday morning to change plans and keep all its branches open.

It reversed a decision last week, to close 12 of the system's 24 branches and lay off 148 employees by April 3. That decision triggered an outcry from the public and a fund raising effort to make up a $2 million shortfall caused by a county-mandated budget cut.

But the new plan doesn't come without a cost. Hours and days of operation will be cut at all branches, and there will still be 82 to 84 layoffs.

And, library Director Charles Brown and other board members said, the newly adopted proposal is a temporary fix. Another round of major cuts could be coming when county commissioners decide on funding in the 2010-11 fiscal year.

Related articles:
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Board presented with 2 budget-cutting alternatives.  (3/24/2010)
More and bigger cuts looming on horizon. (3/23/2010)
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library System Rethinks Closings. (3/22/2010)
A New Day is Dawning in Charlotte/Mecklenburg County. (3/21/2010)

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