Magazine article American Libraries

Haverhill Trustees Go to Court over Budget

Magazine article American Libraries

Haverhill Trustees Go to Court over Budget

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Trustees of the Haverhill (Mass.) Public Library filed a request for an injunction in Superior Court July 22, one week after Mayor John J. Guerin Jr. informed Library Director Nancy B. Rae he was submitting to the city council a 2004 budget of $279,000, amounting to an 80% cut in the library's funding. The loss would have forced 35 employees--all except Rae and a head custodian--to be laid off and effectively close the library as of August 15, according to the July 23 Haverhill Eagle-Tribune.

However, last-minute negotiations between the mayor and city council led to a restoration of $1.1 million to the budget August 14, thanks to funds from the city's successful lawsuit against a hospital-management firm. The adjusted budget was enough to resolve the trustees' injunction request.

The final numbers are still some $200,000 short of the original request, but Rae said it would be enough to keep the library operating at its current level, with some shortened hours and the elimination of an adult-education program. …

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