Library hopes for funding in new budget

Published 05/07 2013 10:13PM

Updated 05/08 2013 10:13AM

CHAMPAIGN -- People at the library hope a new budget comes with new hope. City council kicked off the discussion for this year's budget Tuesday night. With a $500,000 shortfall, the public library needs a financial boost.

It's faced a lot of cuts and council members know, in this budget, the library will need some help. The council was given a report on how the budget has been working and the financial director says the library is one of the top three departments needing help.

Exactly how that will be done is still in the air. 92% of it's funding comes from property taxes and that can no longer keep it going. 14 positions had to be left empty and hours will soon be cut.

"Hopefully the city council are hearing from members of the public how important it is to them. They're the ones who need to tell the city council. But I think the city council knows, they just have a very tough time, " director Marsha Grove said.

Along with the library, police and fire are among the top most important areas in this year's budget. It will be released in June, but staff and hours will face big hits if funds are moved in the wrong direction.

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