From the article:
Passage of the millage would account for 23 percent of the library’s budget, which has been cut 31 percent by the state. As a result, Picot said, “The library is operating on a par with its 1995 budget, with double the circulation we had then.”
While the library has worked hard at cutting its costs the past few years, Picot said she is adamant she and the staff do not want to face dismantling “the heart of who we are in the community.”
Picot said the library is averaging 3,096 patrons per week, more than one-thirds of whom are there to use the computers. Moreover, since the economy went into a nosedive, the library has seen a sharp upward trend in the use of computers as residents began intensive job hunting.