Magazine article American Libraries

California's $14-Million Library Budget Cut Came as a Surprise

Magazine article American Libraries

California's $14-Million Library Budget Cut Came as a Surprise

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Shortly after noon on August 24, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the FY2007-08 budget 52 days late, ending the state's third-longest budget impasse in the past 30 years. In his successful attempt to achieve a "zero deficit" budget, the governor slashed two major library programs: the Public Library Foundation (PLF) and Transaction Based Reimbursement (TBR), each reduced by $7 million. The cuts came as a surprise to county librarians, who were expecting a $1-million increase in the PLF fund that was recommended June 19 by the Budget Conference Committee, according to the California Library Association.

The PLF is a discretionary fund that can be used for many types of programs, though usually not for essential services such as personnel. The TBR fund supports interlibrary loans within the state and allows out-of-county residents to check out books.

In making the cuts, Schwarzenegger said he was canceling the PLF increase to "limit program expansions and help bring ongoing General Fund expenditures in line with existing resources. …

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