February 17, 2018

Seattle PL Faces Shortfall

By LJ Staff

With the city of Seattle expecting a $24 million shortfall in its 2004
budget, the Seattle Public Library (SPL) is bracing for its part. Mayor Greg
Nickels has reinstated a hiring freeze and told department heads to spend less
than their allotted budgets for this year. Most departments, except police and
fire, expect layoffs. The mayor also asked for an analysis of cost savings that
could come from delaying capital projects, including building new branch
libraries not yet under construction. SPL is in the midst of a massive building
effort, the result of a November 1998 vote in which Seattle citizens approved
$196.4 million for improvements to all 22 branches, five new branches, and the
new central library. To date four branches are finished and several more due for
completion in 2003 and beyond.