Ohio libraries are on the offensive to save a proposed 50% budget cut by Governor Ted Strickland. According to a June 22, 2009 article in Library Journal, Governor Strickland is trying to close a $3.2 billion gap in the state’s budget by June 30, and financial support for libraries is on the chopping block.
Suzanne Cline, the Executive Director of Shelby County Libraries says the impact will be felt across the State of Ohio, but will be particularly “devastating” in Shelby County where 95% of their budget is funded by general tax revenue received from the state. “If this is not stopped, we will close locations and severely reduce our operating hours,” Ms. Cline’s email said.
Ohio libraries are urging residents to contact their local representatives and the Governor’s office to fight to save Ohio libraries from these budget cuts. The Save Ohio Libraries blog has more information how you can get involved by doing one of the following.
The site also has sample letters residents can use to make contacting their representatives easy.
There are only a few days left for Ohio residents to show their support for public libraries and urge their representatives to reject the Governor’s proposed budget cuts.