Clewiston City Manager Pleads For Library
"While realizing the approximate $2.2M budgetary shortfalls of Hendry County, cutting per capita funding to libraries is a two-edged sword. First, a reduction in funding decreases a service that Clewiston has over 100 users per day, a majority from the unincorporated areas of Hendry County. Secondly, the State has a two year look back for State aid to local libraries.
"What this means is, in two years, the State’s portion of funding will be decreased because Hendry County has decreased local spending – a true funding fiasco! Clewiston’s library costs approximately $300,000 per year to run. Of that funding, roughly $100,000 is supplied by State aid and per capita funding, with the vast majority of that being State aid.
"I would encourage you to contact your County Commissioner and ask them to Save the Libraries!"