Alabama: Mobile Public Library Looks at Cutting Hours, Bookmobile Amid Budget Cuts
A cut in operational hours and personnel handling the bookmobile are two possibilities from the recent cut in the Mobile Public Library’s budget.
The latest cut came from the city’s 2013 budget, which slashed its annual appropriation to the library by 1.1 percent from $6.6 million in 2012 to $6.5 million next year.
The library’s annual budget as of Sept. 30, 2012, was $8.9 million, which is down from $9.1 million in 2006.
The city’s appropriation represents about three-fourths of what the library spends each year. The county provides about $1.2 million — Watts said that figure remains relatively unchanged — and the state’s annual aid was $304,632 last year. Fines and fees consisted of $703,265 in 2012.
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