UPDATE: At the bottom of this post is the full text of the San Diego Public Library’s FY2015 Budget Request
San Diego City Council members praised the mayor’s proposed budget for libraries Wednesday, but expressed concerned about a fund for acquisitions being reduced by $500,000.
The same amount was redirected to pay for a pilot program offering after-school tutoring at 18 branches in areas where students scored poorly on standardized tests.
With the $500,000 reduction, Mayor Kevin Faulconer budget for the fiscal years starting July 1 sets aside $3 million for acquisitions, according to library Director Deborah Barrow. She said the money is used to buy books, magazines, electronic materials and online subscriptions.
Library officials suggested shifting the $500,000 to the tutoring program, while they evaluated emerging technologies, such as the popularity of downloading e-books from library websites. They said they hoped to make their operations more efficient.
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Note: Overall San Diego Public Library 2015 Budget Request $45.2 million, up $1.4 million from FY2014.