Kaneville Public Library sees another tight budget year

By on August 14, 2009

courtesy of Ray Christiansen
Library Director

KANEVILLE—In approving its operating budget for the 2010 fiscal year, the Kaneville Public Library Board of Trustees faced another tight year.

With local revenues relatively flat, an uncertain or diminishing amount of support coming from Springfield, and rising operating costs, the board again made some tough choices. Not wishing to spend further from the library’s reserve funds, operating adjustments were called for.

Every effort has been made over the past year to control expenses, and there was agreement that the library did not want to reduce staff again this year, if at all possible. The only increase in library service fees approved was an increase in out-of-district card fees—to $150 per year per household— that would bring Kaneville more in line with other area libraries.

The past year saw several generous donations and grants that helped keep the collections growing, but several online database subscriptions are being considered for cancellation when renewals come due in the fall.

In an effort to control personnel and operating costs, the library will extend its temporary summer closing hours through at least December, when the budget and hours of operation will be reviewed.

While the library continues to be in no danger of closing, a lean operation is projected during the library’s 75th anniversary year.

For more information, please contact the library by phone at (630) 557-2441 or e-mail KanePubLib@aol.com