Hendry Budget May Cut Libaries
LABELLE, FL. -- The library system for Hendry county may be in for some budget cuts by the county commission. A release put out by the library this week on the funding issue:
Per Capita Aid supplies $39,856 to each library in the county. In addition, the County gives another $18,000 as a Grant in Aid to Barron. This brings the total in County Aid to $39,856 for Clewiston, and a whopping $57,856 for Barron. This is out of a total Barron revenue stream of $128,886, or 44.89% of Barron's total budget. A LOSS OF THAT SIZE THREATENS BARRON'S EXISTENCE!!! IT WOULD ALSO MEAN AT LEAST THE LOSS OF A STAFF MEMBER AT CLEWISTON!!
The County is holding one budget workshop and two budget hearings to discuss this along with many other proposals. I urge you to be at those meetings to show your support for public libraries in Hendry County. Please WEAR A BLUE SHIRT so that you can be recognized as a public library supporter. A sea of blue in the audience will send a strong message, one that could save one of our libraries.
The meetings are on the following dates:
1. Budget hearing on Tuesday, September 11, at 5:00 p.m., at the Clewiston City Hall, at 115 W. Ventura Avenue, in Clewiston.
2. Final Budget Hearing, on Tuesday, September 25, at 5:00 p.m., at the Hendry County Courthouse, at 25 East Hickpochee Avenue, in Labelle.
Also, please email the County Commissioners to lobby for a restoration of County Aid. Their email addresses are:
District 1 - Janet Taylor email@example.com
District 2 - Darrell Harris firstname.lastname@example.org
District 3 - Tristan Chapman email@example.com
District 4 - Al Perry firstname.lastname@example.org
District 5 - Karson Turner email@example.com