May 17, 2022

Binghamton, New York: Cuts Leave Local Libraries Struggling to Survive

From WBNG (Binghamton, NY):

The Fenton Free Library is turning to the community and tax money to help stay afloat.

A 70 percent budget cut in 2011 to libraries funded by Broome County has placed each in a tough position.

Funding dropped for Fenton from $33,200 in 2011 to the current $9,200, which has pushed them to scrimp on services, according to Library Director Korin Spencer.

The library is currently running on around $50,000, but the expenses for the facility run up to $85,000, leaving a $35,000 gap.


The Fenton Free Library will ask residents to vote in May for a new line item on the Chenango Valley school ballot to approve an $85,000 levy.

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See Also: The Fenton Free Library is a Member of the Four County Library System

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