UPDATED August 12
Additional coverage in this story from the AP: “Libraries feeling pinch of state budget fight”
“This is huge and it will hurt,” says Joplin Public Library Director Jacque Gage.
It’s a 6.6 million dollar cut– affecting libraries across the Show Me State.
“We currently get 50 cents per capita for everyone in our library district to assist with library services,” says Gage.
In Joplin, this means a loss of about $33,000 come November
It’s unclear how the library will make up for the loss.
“Budget shortfalls are always difficult to deal with and it comes down basically to collection and programs, will be probably what takes the hit,” says Gage.