BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - The Butte County Board of Supervisors has approved the budget for the next fiscal year.
Two cuts in that budget include the county library system, as well as funding for the Boys and Girls Clubs. The new $552 million dollar budget for the fiscal year 2018-2019 passed 4-1, even though the cuts were controversial.
For many in Butte County, places like the library and Boys and Girls Clubs are places to go for something to do on hot summer days.
Library patron Sherri Douglas said she's been coming to the library since she was a little girl.
She said, "I love the books, the periodicals, the magazines and the movies."
Another library patron, Charles Cornell, said, "They already cut funding for art and schools, and music in schools.
It's getting to the point where we can't have nice things," he added.
A balanced budget is a must for the county. Careful consideration was taken before making any cuts at all. Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Meegan Jessee explained, "So one of the things we see 'big picture' is that the counties expenditures outweigh our revenue.
We do have revenue coming in, but not enough to offset expenditures," she added.
Departments within the county have worked hard for months to submit cost-cutting measures to help balance the budget, but that has meant a reduction in funding for the Boys and Girls Club and Butte County's libraries.
That means reduced extra help and fewer open library hours.
Some library visitors said if it means cutting less on the budget, they would volunteer their time to help the county.
Sherri Douglas told us today “if it meant me volunteering and the library would stay open I would do that in a heartbeat.”
In the end, the county says they are working very hard to cut as little as they can and keep the counties budget balanced.
According to the county, they will be working on in the coming months on strategies to the board to help address some of those cost increases.
Rashell Brobst, Chief Executive Officer of the boys and girls club in Butte county told us today that this will be even more of a hardship on her organization.
She says that “we can only imagine the impact this will have on us.”
Brobst also noted that they have already received calls about unverified individuals trying to raise money for the group that due to not being real, the organization would not see a cent of.
It is unclear the exact impacts but action news now will continue to follow these organizations and how the cuts affect their operations.
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