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DeKalb Libraries May Be Facing Huge Funding Cuts

Feb 14, 2017

DeKalb County's library system could lose more than half its funding for new books and supplies.

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Last year, libraries got $1.1 million for supplies. This year, the system is looking at $440,000.

Sara Fountain, chair of DeKalb County Public Library's board of trustees, says the cut would be damaging.

"A lot of people who use the library don't have the financial resources to access certain materials," Fountain says. "And so it's a critical need for our community."

But Commissioner Nancy Jester says the county is spending $93 million more a year than it is taking in.

"We have to take a hard look at everything and justify expenditures," Jester says.

Jester says she will meet with library officials to discuss funding.

The proposed budget isn't final. DeKalb's Board of Commissioners has a month to make amendments.