Libraries' Fates Rest with JMRL Board

By: Cheryn Stone Email
By: Cheryn Stone Email
The county

Photo Courtesy Jefferson-Madison Regional Library

February 25, 2010

The architect of the proposed Albemarle County budget said it shouldn't result in a decision to close one of the county's public libraries.

That isn't clearcut, though. The final decision no whether to close the Scottsville or Crozet library branches -- or both -- rests with the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library board.

County Executive Bob Tucker said the board can trim expenses without closing a library.

For several weeks now, the future of the Crozet and Scottsville libraries has been in doubt. It still is, although Tucker said there is no need for worry.

"Even though there is a slight reduction, 5 percent, this budget does not recommend or support closing any of the branch libraries."

Tucker is recommending the library budget get cut 5 percent -- the magic number. The library board has said that number means they'll close Scottsville. But Tucker says the board can find other ways to reduce expenses and keep the libraries open, which is welcome news to library patrons.

The library board will now have to weigh what Tucker says and what the Board of Supervisors ultimately determines. What does appear clear is that Crozet Library will remain open. That library was only to close if the library budget was cut 10 percent, and the figures coming out Thursday are nowhere near that amount.

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