JOCO Library System Faces Steep Budget Cuts

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OLATHE, Kan. — Library patrons in Johnson County may have fewer options for checking out a book, as budget cuts could mean that three library branches will have to close their doors.

According to a report in the Kansas City Star, the Johnson County Library Board faces possible cuts ranging from $1.6 million to $3.2 million from their budget, as ordered by the Johnson County commissioners.

Under the proposed $1.6 million in cuts, the library system would cut 27 hours a week of service at three branches – Cedar Roe, Oak Park and Edgerton. But if the system is forced to cut more, those three branches would be forced to close altogether.

The proposed cuts to all libraries also include reductions in staff, collections and technology and would result in lower quality customer service, officials told The Star.

The Library Board is set to meet on Thursday to discuss the proposed cuts.

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