JAMESTOWN – The James Prendergast Library will see it’s state aid reduced by $16,500.
That’s according to the Jamestown Post-Journal, which says the financially strapped library found out on Friday that state officials that aid has been cut by 25 percent. Library Director Tina Scott said the reduction in state aid is a direct result of the city of Jamestown cutting the Library’s funding by more than 5 percent in a two-year period.
For its $818,000 2019 budget, the library has projected it would receive $77,400 in state aid. The $16,500 cut by the state represents a 2 percent loss in total revenue.
In addition, funding for nonfiction and reference materials for the entire Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System will also receive a 25% reduction. the system receives around $45,000 for nonfiction and reference materials, but that will be reduced by $11,250 for this year.