I've been out of state, celebrating my father's 80th birthday at a family reunion.
I was away when the Mayor's office announced that the budget he's presenting to the City Council includes both Bethany and South Branch Libraries. I'm tickled that it looks as if we'll continue to provide the distinct services that make neighborhood libraries so popular.
As it turns out, the Lincoln City Libraries budget will be cut in the neighborhood of $100,000, not the $781,000 cut that our original budget took into account. The City Council will take their final budget vote in August. Whatever the amount, we'll work hard to make the dollars go as far as possible.
My thanks to everyone who expressed their support for libraries. Every day, I'm proud of the service that our staff provides to our community, and I'm thrilled that our customers spoke up in response. Thanks again.