Library’s cuts to exceed $2M for mid-year

The Library Commission meets Thursday to discuss what every city department has on its mind these days: budget cuts.

Mayor Gavin Newsom has asked each department to come up with $45 million in cuts to solve the current year budget deficit problem, which could become worse with the expected announcement of state cuts on Friday.

For the Library, the mid- year cuts mean losing a total of $2.1 million.

Proposed cuts so far include $818,000 in labor cost savings from delaying the filling of job vacancies as well as closed-branch library savings, and another $750,000 saved by reducing spending on books and materials. The library is still looking to find another $161,000 in savings.

But this is only mid-year cuts. Newsom is also asking for 30 percent cut ideas from every department for the upcoming fiscal year.  The commission will be asked on Feb. 18 to approve a budget that includes those 30 percent reductions.

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