Throughout the year various elected officials are preparing budgets, considering what to include in general obligation bonds, preparing capital outlay proposals, and voting on these amounts. When revenues are declining elected officials have to make difficult decisions on where to cut back. They want to hear from you about your concerns to help them make these decisions.
Let them know that Library funding is a priority for you. Every personal contact, email, phone call or letter will have an influence and will help to increase library funding, especially when they are considering specific funding decisions.
§ Use the Elected Officials links for contact information.
In general, the major State, County, and City funding activities follow the schedule below.
January - March (even years):
§ January - March (odd years): City Council discusses and approves City Bond amounts.
§ January: Library Day at the State Legislature; state representatives and senators need input on State Library Bonds.
April - May:
April - May (even years): Public hearings on
§ May - June: City Budget is voted on by the Council and signed by the Mayor.
§ December: State Representatives and Senators write proposals for capital outlay money for the next year. The Library uses capital outlay money to build new libraries and renovate old ones.