Failed Franchise Fee Hurt Library
With the failure of the franchise fee referendum, the Burlington Public Library Board agreed last night to make some additional cuts. Library Director Rhonda Frevert says it’s been cut after cut…
“With the franchise fee, the city council decided what areas they were going to cut. The library was on there for a $20,000 cut. We had an $80,000 cut before that and we had made some cuts ourselves before that. So really, it’s been several cuts along the way.”
One major change the library will make to save money is in its hours-of-operation. They will now be open Monday-Thursday 8am-9pm.
According to the budget committee, the new library hours will save about $4,500 in part time wages. No jobs will be terminated, but some clerk hours may be reduced. Some other changes you may see at the Burlington Public Library involve printing costs, late items, and fines on library cards.