JAMESTOWN – The Prendergast Library has finalized its spending plan for 2017.
The Jamestown Post-Journal is reporting that the library board of trustees on Thursday approved next year’s budget, which totals $916,000 – about $215,000 less than the 2016 budget.
A main reason for the decrease in the budget is due to the city of Jamestown reducing the amount of funding it provides to the library by $250,000.
To work within the spending plan, the library will reduce expenses by closing on Sundays and reducing hours, cutting the materials budget, and by offering a retirement incentive to three employee.
Library board president Tom Rankin said the board is thankful that Executive Director Tina Scott has been able to manage the library’s budget so the facility can remain open, with most services still available to the public.
No information regarding the future of the library’s art collection was provided. It’s expected the board will provide an update on the collection’s fate in 2017.