Fines for overdue books in Jefferson County public libraries will increase from 15 cents a day to 25 cents a day on Oct. 1, library officials say.
The increase applies to all 40 libraries affiliated with the Public Libraries in Jefferson County, said Pat Ryan, director of the library cooperative.
The fine increase is the direct result of funding cuts by the Jefferson County Commission, Ryan said. The commission once provided $1 million a year for the library cooperative but, because of severe financial challenges that led to bankruptcy, library funding started getting cut in fiscal 2010 and was eliminated altogether in fiscal 2012.
The other source of funding for the cooperative comes from membership fees by individual libraries, and those fees are going up 25.5 percent in the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1, Ryan said.
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