Havelock library to reduce hours in light of budget cuts

Marcus McCabe studies for coursework online at the Havelock-Craven County Public Library Friday.

Marcus McCabe studies for coursework online at the Havelock-Craven County Public Library Friday.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Friday, July 25, 2014 at 03:57 PM.

Reduced hours and less purchases of new books, magazine and newspaper subscriptions, movies and audio books appears to be in the future for the Havelock-Craven County Public Library.

Susan W. Simpson, director of the Craven-Pamlico-Carteret Public Library, said Friday that reduced hours at the Havelock branch would begin August 1.

The new schedule is 12 hours less per week than the facility had been operating.

The budget for the library for fiscal year 2014-15 is $158,836, which is $27,503 less than the 2012-14 budget of $186,339.

Simpson said that after cuts in book purchases, magazine and newspaper subscriptions, movies and audio book, the budget still could not be balanced.

“The only thing we had left to turn to was to look at operating hours at the library. We have been able to decrease the cost of our medical insurance, but that still wasn’t enough, so the only thing left to do was cut personnel hours and cut the operating hours of the library. We have not laid any employees off. We didn’t want to do that if we didn’t have to,” Simpson said. “We have an operating budget for the year. It’s pretty slender, but we can at least make it work on that.”

The library had requested $47,000 in support from Havelock’s board of commissioners, but the board opted to give only $4,000, which was enough to fund the month of July. Commissioners said at the time that they would discuss possibility of funding programs at the library but declined to pay for operational expenses like electricity and salaries, which, they said, should be paid for by Craven County.



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