My Fellow Library Supporters,
You may have heard in the local news that Escambia County is facing a budget shortfall due to back payments for Medicaid owed to the State of Florida. Payment is mandated by a bill recently signed by Governor Scott and is to be paid over a 5 year period.
OUR LIBRARY IS IN JEOPARDY!
The Escambia County Commission has already notified The City of Pensacola of their intent to NOT FUND the County’s portion of the library budget for Fiscal Year 2012-2013 (beginning October 1, 2012). This means the library would lose 72% of the total budgeted funds to operate the libraries in BOTH THE CITY OF PENSACOLA AND COUNTY OF ESCAMBIA. The library budget would reduce approximately from
$5 Million to $1 Million beginning October 1, 2012.
WHAT DOES THIS REALLY MEAN????
Escambia County library branches Southwest, Century and Molino WILL CLOSE October 1st. The remaining branches in the city Downtown, Tryon, Westside and Genealogy locations will drastically cut staff and hours of operation. The West Florida Public Library will no longer be our progressive, community resource as we now know it.
WHAT YOU CAN DO Show your support for the West Florida Public Library, Southwest Branch in particular, by communicating with ALL of our County Commissioners: ‘We want Escambia County to preserve the West Florida Public Library’. A link to the Escambia County Commissioners contact information is attached, as well as a list of their contacts. www.co.escambia.fl.us/CountyCommissioners/ You can send an email to all County Commissioners by clicking here and adding your comments.
Attend the Board of County Commissioners Meeting, Thursday, April 12 at 9:00 AM and wear something RED. The meeting is at the County Commission Meeting Chamber at 221 Palafox Pl. Call me if you would like to ride with our group (seating is limited). You won’t need to speak, just being there will tell our County Commissioners that THEY MUST FUND THE LIBRARY. PLEASE PLEASE COME! Bring as many people as you can, especially children who use the library.