Magazine article American Libraries

Mass. Library Gets Partial Reprieve after Elimination of Budget

Magazine article American Libraries

Mass. Library Gets Partial Reprieve after Elimination of Budget

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In the face of the proposed elimination of its entire budget, the Saugus (Mass.) Public Library shut its doors May 24. After voters rejected a $5.2-million tax override by a more than 2-1 margin April 24, Town Manager Andrew Bisignani announced he would cut the library's full $566,000 budget, as well as lay off four police officers, two firefighters, and two public works employees and reduce the School Department budget by $1.7 million, the Saugus Advertiser reported April 25.

However, a June 25 Town Meeting approved taking $277,271 from other departments to allow the library to open 15 hours a week. The cuts include overtime and training funds for 911 dispatchers, office supplies, and eight temporary jobs at Town Hall. Warning that the impact on public services will be widespread, Bisignani said in the July 1 Boston Globe, "I'm not disappointed that the library will be open. I never wanted it to close. I just have a concern for the impact on other services. There will be consequences."

The new library budget includes only $38,375 for library Director Mary Rose Quinn, a reduction from her full salary of $69,500. …

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