City of Phoenix Budget Proposal for 2010 Part 3 of 5

Reading through the City of Phoenix Budget Proposal for 2010 and once again it hits home that we are in a reverse stage of the cities growth. The 82 page PDF titled – Schedule 1: Proposed General Fund Budget Reductions by Department covers a $139 Million dollar reduction. I suggest you read through this. It is amazing to see what we have government for.

I suggest you attend a hearing if you have anything to say about this proposed budget: Phoenix Budget Hearings

A few things stood out for me but it cascaded into a really long post. Turns out we are cutting a lot of shit out of the budget this year. So here is part 3 of 5:

Page 31-32 Library
1. Reduce direct customer service staff at the Burton Barr Library. This will reduce in-person assistance to customers seeking information at all service desks and staff assistance via telephone, e-mail and the Library’s website. This will also eliminate the Library’s ability to provide Braille translation for City staff. Accessibility Center services will be available by appointment only.
$(452,000) (5.0)

2. Reduce library hours of operation at all 15 branches by 8 hours per week by closing on Fridays. Burton Barr Central Library’s current hours of operation will not change, and Library branches currently operating with Sunday hours will remain open for four hours on Sunday. This reduction will leave the library branches open between 40-44 hours per week, depending on the branch, and, therefore, sharply limit the availability of public computers with internet access; and further reduce or eliminate library materials access, classes, public forums, and other community services.
(818,000) (10.8)

3. Close Century (1750 E. Highland Avenue), Acacia (750 E. Townley Avenue), and Ocotillo (102 W. Southern Avenue) branch libraries. Closure will eliminate service for the respective surrounding communities including teens, adults, businesses and families with children. The eliminated services include: access to library materials, public computers with internet access, and educational and recreational activities developed for various age groups such as the family reading program, Babytime for infants, and Toddler time for children ages 24-36 months. These libraries serve approximately 659,000 people each year.
(2,015,000) (21.3)

4. Close Desert Sage (7602 W. Encanto Blvd.), Saguaro (2808 N. 46th Street), and Yucca (5648 N. 15th Avenue) branch libraries. Closure will eliminate service for the respective surrounding communities including teens, adults, businesses and families with children. The eliminated services include: access to library materials, public computers with internet access, and educational and recreational activities developed for various age groups such as the family reading program, Babytime for infants, and Toddler time for children ages 24-36 months. Closure of these additional branches will also eliminate five support staff positions. These libraries serve approximately 882,000 people each year.
(3,572,000) (36.4)

Total $(6,857,000) (73.5)

Its good that we don’t the kids read so they have more time to do drugs and light shit on fire…