Budget cuts of $50,000 to $80,000 means the Easton Public Library would lose a lot of what makes the library the center of the community. To be specific, the library would have to:
- Reduce or eliminate special programs
- Decrease the amount of money spent on books, audiobooks, DVDs, music, and databases
- Eliminate the professional development opportunities that help library staff offer you the very best of service
- And worst of all, it would force the library to cut hardworking and dedicated staff members.
“I beg you to reconsider the proposed cuts to the library’s budget,” Veronica A. Rozo, president of the Library Board of Trustees, wrote in an email to the Easton Board of Finance. “Now, more than ever, we, the residents and taxpayers of the Town of Easton, need the library working at its fullest potential.”
During these hard times of social distancing and stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus pandemic, the library is a necessary resource, Rozo said.
“Some residents have lost their jobs, or their positions have transformed, and they are in need of additional information and guidance that the library offers,” she said. “Some who have lost their jobs need the library to re-educate themselves, to change career paths, and to strengthen their assets.
“Every parent is currently homeschooling their children and need the additional resources that the library offers. It is unknown how long children will be educated in their homes. Parents may decide to homeschool their children permanently.”
The cuts will prevent the library from fully serving residents at a time when they need it the most. Moreover, “Many potential homeowners visit the library before making a decision to purchase their homes,” she said. “Decreased property values affects all Easton residents, library users or not.”
Time is of the essence! Library officials urge residents to voice their opinion today by sending an email message to BOF@eastonct.gov. The next budget hearing is Thursday, May 14, at 5 p.m.