Evanston’s Library Board is scheduled tonight to vote on a proposed budget that would increase monthly spending by nearly 11 percent over this year’s rate.

The increase would be the result of providing full-year funding for both branch libraries — rather than the six-month funding approved for this year by the City Council — and by absorbing the cost of employee pay and benefit increases without making any staffing reductions.

Library Director Mary Johns is also suggesting $122,000 in expense reductions — mostly by cutting hours at the main library — which could reduce the budget increase to a little over 7 percent.

If the board voted instead to close the branches and make the administrative re-organization proposed by the library director, but did not reduce hours at the main library, the budget increase would be less than 2 percent.

The Library Board meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the community room at the library, 1703 Orrington Ave.

Related document

Library board meeting packet (.pdf)

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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