Public Libraries: Georgia’s General Assembly Adds Four Library Facilities, Materials Funding to State’s FY2017 Budget
From the Georgia Public Library Service News:
Georgia’s General Assembly endorsed the importance of the state’s public libraries in the wee hours of March 25 when it ended the 2016 session with a proposed budget of $23.7 billion for fiscal year 2017.
The appropriations bill retains all funds that were included in Gov. Nathan Deal’s initial FY2017
spending plan — $2 million for major repair and renovation (MRR) projects at public libraries, $2 million for computer and technology replacement and up to $670,421 for merit salary increases for state reimbursed library and GPLS employees.
[Our emphasis] To that, the Legislature added $7.8 million in bond funds for four major library construction projects and, perhaps most significantly, a 25 cents per capita allocation for library materials, the first so specified apportionment in nearly a decade.
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