Library Trustees Trim New Materials Budget

March 03, 1991|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff writer

WESTMINSTER — Library patrons may have to wait longer for their favorite titles next year since the county's money flow has slowed this year.

The Carroll County Public Library Board of Trustees reluctantly removed $171,438 from money set aside for new books, tapes and magazines for fiscal year 1992, which starts July 1.

"We have to look at the worst-case scenario and see if we can live with that," said CCPL Director Martha M. Makosky at Wednesday's meeting. "Then we have to try and fix it from there."

The library board made cuts after Steven D. Powell, county budget director, asked departments and agencies to reduce their new budgets by 2 percent.

Board members are now expecting $3.19 million from the county instead of $3.26 million.

However, budget figures will be reviewed by the board quarterly to see if excess money can be used for circulation materials.

Other options to balance the budget included closing each branch one evening a week or raising money by "selling" chil

dren's programming and computer-record keeping techniques to other library systems.

However, Makosky said the trustees would need a marketing consultant willing donate time to the library to effectively package and sell CCPL's ideas.

"I say we take it all from the materials budget and try and find this St. George to market our items," said Mary Lou Dewey, library trustee.

Members suggested less money be spent on reference materials and ordering replacement books so the children's programs encouraging young people to read could be protected.

"Circulation will go down because of this, but we'll need PR to explainwhy it is happening," said Marty Haskins, trustee.

Trustees rejected charging patrons to borrow videotapes, saying they want to maintain a completely free library system.

Resisting the "slippery slope" of charging for services is the same stand the board has taken during the "bloody battle" of the past two years, Makosky said.

"I'm afraid of the precedent," said Trustee Eugenia Gartrell.

Board members also agreed to a hiring freeze and cuts for furniture and supplies, saving $50,000 more.

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