Library lovers -- your support and work over these years has enabled our elected officials to break from austerity and turn towards once again supporting the infrastructure of our County!
Yet, while the millage rate may remain flat, it is important, now more than ever, to show up at County Hall and encourage your Commissioners to support this budget!
Do not let there be a shadow of a doubt that our Libraries deserve this funding increase!
See here for more details on getting to the Stephen P Clark Government Center -
Via the Miami Herald: "Buoyed by an extra $122 million in property taxes, the 2016 spending plan breaks from the austerity themes that have defined Gimenez budgets since he came to office four years ago on a pledge to cut taxes. Facing reelection next year, his $6.8 billion budget highlights increased services and expanded hiring without any increase in property-tax rates, and even a planned hike in the debt tax has been scrapped for 2016, according to a copy of the three-volume budget."
From the increase in the tax roll, the Library will see a boost of $7 million in our current budget, while leaving the millage rate flat.
Some highlights of upcoming services to look forward to after October with the increase in the budget:
-Increasing 10 branch libraries from a 5-day per week service schedule to six days. The branches proposed are California Club, Coral Reef, Country Walk, Golden Glades, Hispanic, Homestead, International Mall, Kendall, Little River, and Pinecrest.
-Increasing the collections/materials budget from $3 million in the current year to $4 million in the coming fiscal year.
-27 new full-time and 9 part-time Librarian positions are proposed to be hired to ensure proper staffing and service levels for the expanded hours and increased materials budget mentioned above.
-Rebuilding our contingency reserves, including a $1.4 million emergency reserve and a $200,000 grant match reserve.
-Increased funding for facility maintenance (aging buildings, broken down A/Cs, and more...)
Read the entire budget plan for libraries here.
Thank you for your continued support library lovers!
Now is the time to rally and join us on July 14 to encourage the Commissioners to support this budget!
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