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Kanawha County Library Board considering reductions at St. Albans branch

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Published: May. 9, 2016 at 10:48 PM EDT
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KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Kanawha County Public Library Board is considering making cuts at the St. Albans branch.

At a meeting on Monday, the board passed its budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Not much has changed on the budget from last year, but Library Director Alan Englebert says the city of St. Albans has failed to make any payments for their branch for the last year.

Branch support for St. Albans is calculated based on assessed property values. The library board says St. Albans voted to reduce funding for the 2016-2017 year to $50,000, although the formula calls for them to pay $124,904.

Englebert says St. Albans has failed to make any payments for fiscal year 2015-2016. He says they did make a payment of $24,000, but they applied that to money owed for the 2014-2015 year.

"We're in the business of providing service but we feel that it is necessary. The actions of the city of St. Albans affect our budget directly and we need to take a good look at how that has affected us and make corresponding adjustments," Englebert said.

Decisions about the services needed to be reduced at the St. Albans branch will happen next Monday.

The funding formula also calls for the City of Dunbar to contribute $81,551. But the library board said Monday that Dunbar voted to cut all departments by 13 percent back in 2011. In 2012, Dunbar voted to fund the library $63,000 and has maintained that support through 2016/2017. The library board also says the city agreed not to charge then for parking spaces that are leased from the city as a "good faith gesture" toward supporting them.

Also discussed on Monday, library employees will receive a raise of a little more than 1 percent.