Library confronts deficit

December 03, 1992|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer

The Carroll County Public Library System faces a $101,000 deficit in fiscal 1993, Martha Makosky, the library director, told the Library Board last night.

"It could have been a lot worse," said Ms. Makosky. "The County Commissioners did a great job of being fair" in parceling out the cuts.

Maryland's economic crisis forced an additional $86,000 to be cut from the $3.9 million fiscal 1993 county library budget. A $15,000 shortfall, from what a one-day county employee furlough was supposed to save, also remains from fiscal 1992.

Ms. Makosky said the board will make up the deficit by cutting $52,000 from its materials budget.

About $25,000 budgeted for the new Mount Airy branch library, scheduled to open Jan. 8, has been saved.

"We realized savings in transfer of personnel and in training," Ms. Makosky said.

The opening of the new Mount Airy branch was delayed for about a month. Some people were hired, but most of the staff transferred from other county libraries.

The remaining $24,000 may have to come from cuts in personnel, which were discussed in a closed session after the board meeting. During that session, members discussed options for fiscal 1994, Ms. Makosky said.

"We face a much bigger problem in fiscal 1994, when the state will no longer reimburse us for $172,000 in Social Security payments for our employees," she said.

Ms. Makosky said she is looking at the possibility of having to increase the budget by $453,000 in fiscal 1994 -- including the Social Security payment -- "without adding a penny to current expenditures."

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