Updated: Champaign Public Library may get reprieve

Updated: Champaign Public Library may get reprieve

Updated 12:45 p.m.

The Champaign Public Library could be getting the money it needs after all.

In the upcoming budget, the city is recommending to give the needed $500,000 to the library to avoid a cutback in hours.

But after that, the library will have to put in some leg work, so said City Manager Dorothy David.

If that $500,000 goes through, the city would have to find another revenue source.  And that would mean a tax increase, according to Finance Director Richard Schnuer.

Overall, Schnuer said the upcoming budget reflects that the city is on solid financial footing, and the option is there to start planning for the future.  Expenses total around $107 million, while revenues check in at just under $112 million.

The city council will go over the details of the budget over the next few weeks and will vote on it next month.

Meanwhile, the director of the Champaign Public Library said she's encouraged that the library may be getting the money it needs  But she cautioned that nothing is set in stone yet.

Director Marsha Grove said the recommendation is a step in the right direction.

Meanwhile, library trustee Trisha Crowley said if community members are passionate about the library, they need to speak up.

Grove and Crowley made the comments Wednesday on A Penny For Your Thoughts on NewsTalk 1400 WDWS.

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