Given what our past shows, and our present concerns, what does the future hold for our library system?
The Llano County Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Proposed Budget can be accessed here.
This proposed budget lists $22,441,407 in total expenditures, out of which the library system is allocated $448,501, which equates to 1.99% of the total budget.
For Fiscal Year 2021-2022, the adopted budget allocated $600,967, or 3.06% of the entire $19,624,854 to the library system, of which only $305,555 was spent.
No staff were replaced after termination or resignation, despite total employees decreasing from 13 to 8. No new books have been purchased since October 2021.
Despite a bigger county budget, our library is receiving a cut to funding, and allocated monies are not fully spent.
Our libraries are underfunded and under-supported.
Left unabated, this lack of support threatens our libraries’ very existence. To date we have seen:
• slashing of the libraries’ budget,
• a reduction of hours,
• endorsement of chronic staffing shortages, and
• a dearth of adequately certified and accredited librarians.
These cascading factors will lead to the demise of our libraries.
We will raise funds to improve operations and ensure survival of our library system. We will unite and advocate for more funding and more support.
This Foundation requires funds to build our endowment. Our aim is provide adjunct funding to improve our library system. The LCLSF exists to provide funding to sustain and build better libraries in perpetuity.
- Eleanor Crumblehulme