The Lexington Public Library is making further budget cuts, anticipating flat revenues and rising expenses that would create a deficit of $838,000 in the next fiscal year.
The library board voted Wednesday to cut costs by eliminating 10 jobs through attrition, eliminating pay raises, reducing the new materials budget and increasing overdue fines from 10 cents to 15 cents a day, among other steps.
Most of the library's $14 million budget comes from Fayette County property taxes. "Our staff deserves credit for maintaining services at a high level during very difficult economic times," board chairman Larry Smith said.
The board voted last September to cut $373,000 from spending in this fiscal year.