Library Budget Update: Public Hearings on May 28

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On Tuesday, May 19, County Manager Harry Jones presented his fiscal year 2010 budget recommendations to the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). As expected, the funding that he recommended for the Library was approximately a 10% reduction. Right now, even though the County Manager is recommending a 10% reduction scenario for the Library, the Library’s budget could face an even greater reduction.

Library use has surged during the economic recession, and we know that it is more important than ever to be able to serve the citizens in our community. The results of deep budget reductions would be significant, including the possibility of reduced hours of service at all library branches.

On Thursday, May 28, the Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget at 6:00 p.m. in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center at 600 East Fourth Street, Charlotte. The Library recognizes that this is a crucial meeting. You are invited to support the Library by voicing your opinions and concerns to the Board of County Commissioners. There are several ways that you can help:

  • Contact your County Commissioners and let them know how much you value the Library.
  • Join other Library supporters by attending the public hearing on May 28th. Please contact Karen Beach, Director of Community Engagement (kbeach@plcmc.org) if you plan to attend and would like to sit with other library supporters.
  • Citizens may register to speak about the recommended budget from May 18-27 by completing this form on Mecklenburg County’s Web site or by calling 704-336-2086.

We won’t know the final results of County funding decisions until the Board of County Commissioners approves the budget on June 16, but we will work to keep our customers informed about possible service impacts as we move through the process.

Thank you for your ongoing support of libraries and their value in the community.

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