[Repost from Library Journal’s article entitled “Bloomberg Proposes Cutting NYC Library Funding by Nearly $100 Million” Read original article here.]
New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg presented a $68.7 billion preliminary FY12-13 budget on February 2 that, as usual, proposes Draconian cuts for the city’s three library systems.
Bloomberg’s budget has almost no chance of passing through the City Council without significant adjustments, but it proposes a total cut of $96.4 million:
• Queens Borough Public Library, cut $26.7 million;
• Brooklyn Public Library, cut $26.9 million;
• New York Public Library, cut $36.0 million;
• NYPL’s four research libraries, cut $6.8 million.
These numbers are based on the latest forecasts that the city’s Office of Management and Budget has made for the city’s contribution for the current fiscal year (FY11-12) compared to what Bloomberg has proposed for FY12-13, plus the midyear adjustments (called Programs to Eliminate the Gap) that Bloomberg is anticipating this year.
Last year Bloomberg made a similar proposal only to agree with the council, after numerous protests, to adjust his proposal by $83 million, which resulted in relatively flat funding for the year. The City Council approved a total of $301.4 million for all the systems combined last year. City funding is the largest part of each system’s budget, except for the research libraries.