Lincoln libraries may face cuts

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Story by Cole Miller, NewsNetNebraska

The details of Mayor Chris Beutler’s budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year were released Sunday, July 10th and he presented his proposal to the City Council Monday, July 11th. The city faces a $9.3 million budget gap, which Beutler wants to close through program cuts and revenue increases. One aspect of this includes cutting back on public library hours and staff.

Gregory Mickells, Assistant Library Director, said libraries in smaller city communities have a big impact on the area. He said many are within walking distance and provide a safe place for families during the summer.

The budget will be discussed over the next several weeks, as the new fiscal year begins September 1.

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