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Library Budget Advocacy Alert

Mayor Faulconer has released his proposed Fiscal Year 2018 City budget. The budget maintains library hours and books and material spending. We appreciate the Mayor’s support of the Library during a lean budget year and encourage the City Council to adopt a budget maintaining hours and materials spending.

The original proposed budget eliminated the $500,000 programming budget gained last year. The proposed budget also reduces Library staff by 22 positions (full-time equivalents), which will adversely impact service levels. Library advocates call for further investments to ensure equal access to programs, materials and resources throughout the Library system.

UPDATE: The Mayor’s May revised budget returns $100,000 in public spending on Library programming. This is encouraging and we thank the Mayor for returning this line item. However, we ask Library advocates to reach out to their City Councilmember for additional investments to ensure equitable Library service.

You can impact public investments in the Library by:

  • Joining the Friends Advocacy Network. Enter your email address to receive regular emails from the President of the Friends of the Library with messages about how you can advocate for the Library, To join, enter your email address under CONNECT below.
  • Writing your Councilmember about additional Library budget needs. Please contact San Diego City Council members today with the message to the right.
  • Attending the Monday, June 5 City Council meeting where the Council will approve the budget. This meeting is at 2 pm in Council chambers on the 12th floor at 202 “C” Street.

Sample letter to Council

Dear Councilmember (Name):

Thank you for supporting equitable Library services in San Diego. I appreciate your recognition of the Library as a vital cornerstone of our community. I am grateful that the Mayor’s FY2018 proposed budget maintains library hours and that the May revised budget returns $100,000 of the $500,000 eliminated for Library programs. However, additional investments are necessary to ensure equal access to resources throughout the Library system. I respectfully ask that you consider reinstating the entire $500,000 programming budget and increase the Library’s budget to four percent of general fund spending. (Elaborate on how library funding impacts your community here.) Thank you for your continued support.