February 17, 2018

Seattle’s 2005 Budget Finalized, Bookmobile Service Reinstated

By LJ Staff

Seattle’s city council has adopted a budget for 2005 that reinstates $1 million that was cut from Seattle Public Library’s proposed budget. The funds will be equally split between the library’s materials budget and Mobile Services, which was due to be suspended. The library had proposed cutting the bookmobile to help address an original $2.1 million budget cut. Under the adopted budget, the cut is reduced to $1.1 million. This shortfall will be handled through reductions in administration, streamlining departments, and not filling vacancies. The restoration of $500,000 for Mobile Services means all current bookmobile stops will continue, but at a reduced level. All senior centers, day cares, and other institutions served by Mobile Services will be informed of the changes, which will be implemented at the first of the year. Services to the homebound–which were never a part of the budget reduction–will continue unaffected. The additional $500,000 for materials is crucial because the materials budget has been cut by 28 percent over the last several years. Overall, the library has sustained $3.5 million in permanent cuts, which were absorbed through furloughs, reductions in hours and collections, and by not filling vacancies.