How the Library is Cutting Costs Talking Points

Talking points on how the library is reducing expenses
July 17, 2009

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, like other businesses in the community, is reducing expenses to stay within their budget. We are also experiencing  increased demands and use of library resources and services during the current recession, but continue to operate true to our mission: Your place. Stories you want, information you need, connections you seek.

The library has taken the following steps to reduce expenditure in its 2009 approved budget, as well as a reduction it its proposed 2010 budget, that totals $1 million in cuts. The library is funded primarily by Ad Valorem Property Tax and because valuations have gone down, we are anticipating a reduction in revenue in 2010. In these situations, you have two choices. You may reduce expenses and/or increase revenues. We are doing both.

Many expenses of the general fund are or will be reduced. The four listed are areas that most people can easily understand. If you think there is something I have not listed and is important, please contact me with your recommendation.

1. Facilities
Steps have implemented a number of efficiencies to reduce utilities usage and facilities maintenance expenses. The savings will not be seen immediately, but are projected to garner long-term savings.

2. Materials
We are reducing the amount of new books and other materials we buy. In 2009, material expenditures have been cut by $616,000. In 2010, we will spend $254,000 less, for a total of $870,000 in cuts over 2 years.

3. Computers
There will be no computer replacement in 2010.

4. No pay increase for staff
The library staff will receive no pay increases in 2010.

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