City Council adopts budget; partial funding restored for bookmobile
The Seattle City Council has adopted the 2005 budget and it includes partial funding for The Seattle Public Library's Mobile Services.
The Library had proposed cutting Mobile Services to help address a need to reduce costs by $2.1 million. Under the adopted budget that amount was reduced to $1.4 million.
Because of the new and expanded library buildings that opened in 2004 and more slated to open next year, as well as the costs of mandatory cost-of-living and medical benefits increases, the Library's overall budget for 2005 increased 11 percent.
The restoration of $500,000 for Mobile Services means all current bookmobile stops will continue, but at a reduced level. All senior centers, day cares and other institutions served by Mobile Services will be informed of the new schedule, which will be implemented at the first of the year.
Services to the homebound and disabled - which were never a part of the budget reduction - will continue unaffected.
The Library will conduct a "best practices" study on the operations of Mobile Services and present its findings to the City Council by May 1, 2005. The City Council passed a Statement of Legislative Intent recommending the Library complete the study. "We want to build a bookmobile service for the future," said City Librarian Deborah L. Jacobs.
The City Council budget also added $500,000 to the Library's books and materials budget. The books and materials budget has been cut by 28 percent over the last several years.
"We want to thank the City Council for adding money back to the Library budget in this time of continued economic decline and for listening to the concerned people of Seattle," said Jacobs. "We are fortunate to live in a city where the community, council and mayor care so much about our public libraries and understand how much they are valued."
For more information contact:
Andra Addison, communications director
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