All was proceeding according to plan until June, when Governor Strickland proposed budget cuts that would have resulted in a projected 50 percent reduction in state funding for Ohio's public libraries. Worthington Libraries helped to lead the way in organizing statewide community response to this proposal and, thanks to the outpouring of support from Ohio residents, libraries were spared the most devastating funding cuts (but still endured an 18 percent loss of state revenue in 2009).
Finding and maintaining a stable source of revenue for public libraries remains a challenge and will certainly be part of the next state budget debate.
Our library is in an enviable financial position, with two local property tax levies providing more than 60 percent of our revenue, but we are not impervious to funding cuts or revenue reductions resulting from the economy. We continue to scrutinize every dollar we spend and regard careful stewardship of taxpayer dollars as our primary responsibility.
When I retire later this year (my last day is July 23, 2010), it will be hard to leave Worthington Libraries. The Library has good funding, unparalleled community support, state of the art facilities and a great collection. The best part, however, is the people: terrific staff, caring library trustees, active Friends members and wonderful library patrons. I'm proud of all we were able to accomplish together. Thank you for using the Library!
|Salaries & Benefits||63%|
(10% increase over 2008)
|Library Materials Owned||497,477|
|CDs & Cassettes||10%|
|Video Cassettes||< 1%|
|Interactive Media||< 1%|
|Number of Employees||146|
|Number with an MLS||32|
|Volunteer Hours Contributed||5,825|