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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Our library closes in 96 days

What cost savings initiative saved the most money in the library budget? The one that TCU claims was city council's way of punishing the people of Troy. No folks, the library director made the decision for one reason. To save the money that had to be saved.
From a memo for the Jan. 24, 2011 city council meeting:

Date:        January 21, 2011                     
To:  The Honorable Mayor and City Council Members 
From: John Szerlag, City Manager 
Subject: Library Update
Council Member McGinnis and I were talking about comments both of us have received over the past several months from concerned residents and business owners about cost saving measures for the Troy Public Library.  Ms. McGinnis thought it would be a good idea to advise Council and the community what cost saving measures Troy has accomplished or attempted relative to this issue.  I also think it’s a great idea and attached you will find an update on this matter.
Please know that our largest cost saving measure to date has been going from a full-service library open seven days per week with a total budget of $4.5 million to one that is now open six days a week with reduced personnel, programs, materials and services having a budget of $2.7 million.  

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