From the Watertown Daily Times:
The state budget includes significant support for local libraries, rejecting Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposed $4 million cut while increasing funding for libraries across the state by $1 million over last year’s budget.
“Our Legislature did a great job reversing Cuomo’s cuts,” said Stephen B. Bolton, director of the North Country Library System. “The $1 million increase represents a 1.2 percent increase in overall funding. It will help keep our technology systems intact and will likely keep us from deficits.”
Details From the New York Library Association:
The soon enacted state budget represents a vast improvement over Governor Cuomo’s proposed Executive Budget, but also a failure on the part of our elected leaders to adequately address several inequitable realities faced by the library community. The budget will include a hard-won $5 million increase in library system aid. This far outpaces proposed library funding form both the Governor and Assembly, and not only restores the Governor’s $4 million cut, but continues to move state library aid along the path to full funding under the law. Also included is $14 million for the state library construction aid program, and $1.3 million offset for library systems subject to the metropolitan commuter transportation mobility tax.
Library aid for FY 2014-15 will be $86.627 million after the $5 million legislative appropriation restored the Governor’s $4 million funding cut. The $5 million dollar appropriation is the largest since 2007, and the second largest in well over a decade. Unfortunately, this still leaves state library system aid more than 15% less than what is required by law and close to 1997 levels.
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