JAMESTOWN – One of the local services that will likely take a major hit in next year’s Jamestown city budget is the James Prendergast Library.
The mayor’s proposed budget is calling for a 70 percent funding decrease for the library, which would equal $250,000 less in operating revenue.
The library has already made adjustments to next year’s budget in an effort to prepare for the funding cut.
In addition, officials are also trying to determine a long-term plan for the library. To that end, the Prendergast is offering two large-group opportunities for the public to offer input as the library begin to develop a new strategic plan.
The forums will be held at 7 p.m. Monday (Nov. 28) and also on Tuesday (Nov. 29) in the Fireplace Room at the library. No registration is required, and they are open to any interested area residents.
The forums and focus groups will be conducted by Kimberly Bolan & Associates, a library consulting firm whose collaboration is being supported by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation.
For those who would prefer to express their opinions and discuss the issues in a smaller setting, focus groups have been set up for various segments of the local population.
Anyone interested in participating is asked to register by contacting the library at 484-7135.