Friday, June 4, 2010

Mecklenburg County Commissioners Restore Some Cuts to Libraries

Link to June 4 Charlotte Observer, "County eyes smaller cuts to schools and libraries. Commissioners' straw vote based on sunnier projections of revenue from sales tax".

Excerpt:    Gambling on a stronger economy and a reviving sales tax, Mecklenburg commissioners tentatively agreed Thursday to restore more than $14.5 million in planned cuts to schools, libraries, parks and other agencies.

Among the biggest changes: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools would lose about $15.3 million, compared to the $21.3 million recommended by County Manager Harry Jones.

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library had $3.5 million restored, lowering its recommended reduction to $11.2 million.

The park and recreation department also had nearly $1.2 million restored.

The changes, approved through a series of straw votes by commissioners, won't become final until the board approves a budget June 15

Related articles:
Straw votes begin on Mecklinburg County budget.  (6/3/2010)
Charlotte Mecklenburg Libraries continue to look for one-time financial help.  (5/31/2010)
High school junior speaks out eloquently for libraries.  (5/30/2010)
Mayor Foxx on the art of governing.  (5/30/2010)
Mayor supports financial help for library.  (5/27/2010)
County budget:  Oh, yeah, this is fair.  (5/25/2010)
Bailout proposal not gaining traction.  (5/23/2010)
Library trustees vote to close 4 branches.  (5/20/2010)
Mecklenburg County tightens its belt.  (5/20/2010)
County manager cuts $14.7 million from library budget.  (5/18/2010)
2010-11 Mecklenburg County budget to be unveiled today.  (5/18/2010)
North Carolina woman plans on "going straight to the top" to keep Charlotte libraries open.  (5/16/2010)
Charlotte Mecklenburg officials ask local municipalities for $3 million contribution.  (4/30/2010)
Library Board chair speaks out.  (4/25/2010)
County commissioners seek ways to ease library cuts.  (4/23/2010)
Mecklenburg County needs to reduce $85-90 million deficit.  (4/16/2010)
County manager takes library board to task.  (4/10/2010)
Libraries now open fewer hours.  (4/6/2010)
"Save Our Libraries Sunday".  (3/29/2010)
Charlotte Mecklenburg users owe average of 55 cents in fines.  (3/27/2010)
Library announces new hours for branches.  (3/26/2010)
Library Board applies a Band-Aid to its bleeding system.  (3/25/2010)
Follow-up on Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Board vote.  (3/25/2010)
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Board votes to keep all branches open.  (3/24/2010)
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)

1 comment:

Gerard Saylor said...

I saw that photo and, at first, thought one of those dogs was Triumph the Insult Comic Dog