Message from City Librarian: 2012 Budget Update
Also, you may have seen in the Denver Post recently that Mayor Hancock opposed Councilman Chris Herndon’s potential amendment to increase funding for the Denver Public Library in 2012 in order to support additional hours at branches that serve the poorer neighborhoods in Denver. At the November 7 City Council meeting, Councilman Herndon decided not to bring this amendment forward. And while the Mayor did not support this amendment, he is however a strong supporter of libraries, and maintains his commitment to finding a long-term funding solution, rather a quick fix for only some of the branches in 2012.
Although we are not receiving additional funding for service expansion in 2012, we are pleased that we are not closing any branches. It is apparent that the Mayor and City Council recognize the importance of libraries and the dire need for a long-term sustainable funding solution.
We will continue to work with the City administration and the public on finding the best solution to ensure the future of Denver Public Library. We expect more direction from the Mayor and his Structural Financial Task Force in early 2012.