This year, decreases in oil and gas business activity in Garfield County caused property tax revenues to drop by around 45%. For the libraries, this translates to a $1.2 million decrease in total revenue from 2016 - 30% of our operations budget. Read the open letter from the Garfield County Public Library District Board of Trustees for further information.
What are you doing about it?
We were able to reach a balanced budget through collaboration between the library board of trustees, library staff, and community members.
We have made cuts in the budget to everything we can. For example, we’ve cut the collections budget by 50% which may result in longer wait times for new books, eBooks, DVDs, and other materials. To reduce IT service costs, there will be a smaller number of internet computers available at each library. Additionally, the hours the libraries are open are changing December 7 (see below) and some members of our staff will be laid off.
How can I help?
1) You can make a tax deductible donation to the Library Foundation.
2) You support your libraries when you Shop Local in Garfield County as 45% of the libraries’ revenue comes from sales tax.
4) You can join our libraries as a volunteer.