Be An Advocate for Your Local Library! ... by Stephanie Pennello
Posted on Oct 28th, 2009

Be An Advocate for Your Local Library!
by Stephanie Pennelo
Fairfax County Government is projecting a significant budget deficit for FY 2011 and is in the midst of a multi-year, cyclical downturn requiring county decision makers to continue to make expenditure and revenue adjustments. The ongoing challenge is to develop a budget with appropriate levels of services that are sustainable and acceptable to the community. These shortfalls are expected to result in additional cutbacks at Fairfax County public libraries.
Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) receives just .09% of Fairfax County’s General Revenue Fund. For FY 2010 the Board of Supervisors voted to cut the library’s budget by 18%. This reduction in funds resulted in the elimination of 300 employees and a reduction in the library hours of operation by eight hours per week. Additional reductions in operating hours are possible for FY 2011
In Fiscal Year 2000, the materials budget was $6,199,615 or $6.33 per county resident. The FY 2010 materials budget is $3,053,488 or $2.71 per county resident. For the past 10 years, the cost of library materials has increased an average of 4% a year, effectively reducing the library's buying power by an additional 40%.
If you feel that libraries are important community resources, please register and attend one of the FY 2011 Budget Community Dialogues to share your feedback on recent budget reductions and seek solutions to close budget gaps. To learn more go to  or call 703-324-2391, TTY 711. This website allows you to write comments of up to 750 words. You can also leave voice mail messages at the phone number provided.
Meeting Locations:
Oct 29 – 7:00 to 9:00 P.M.
South Lakes and Woodson HS
Nov 14th – 10:00 A.M. to noon
Sherwood and George Mason Regional libraries and Kings Park library
For more information about Fairfax County libraries, please go to
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