Friends of Applegate Library
- O. Box 214 Applegate, CA 95703
Tax ID C1105646
May 7, 2017
WE HEARD AT THE MEADOW VISTA MAC MEETING ON MAY 3 THAT NO BUDGET HEARINGS WILL BE HELD THIS YEAR. THIS MEANS THE MAY 9 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING IS NOT CRITICAL FOR BUDGET INPUT. THE DATE HAS MOVED TO JUNE 13 WHEN THE CEO’S RECOMMENDED BUDGET WILL BE SUBMITTED AND PERHAPS APPROVED ON THE SAME DAY. KEEP IN MIND THAT ANYTHING SAID HERE IS ALL SUBJECT TO CHANGE. NO PROMISES HAVE BEEN MADE.
We will be at the Supervisor’s meeting on the 13th of June and hope you can make it as well. For those who are wondering what happened to the budget hearings etc., they will not be held as in past years. Now the budget comes from the CEO’s office after consultation with the department heads and I assume the Supervisors. The MAC meeting that we attended on 5/3 in Meadow Vista is also the only outreach the library is going to do prior to approval of the preliminary budget. I specifically asked if our local WACMAC would be on the schedule and was told by library admin that they weren’t asked to present anything there.
The budget on the 13th will keep our doors open for another year if it is approved (which is still open to question) but it won’t provide anything beyond what we have now. For those who don’t know already, Applegate doesn’t have any permanent staff. Our two ladies are ‘placeholders’ and as such not allowed to do any programs or other extras.
Bottom line? We need to continue to push forward and keep the visibility high. When supplemental budget requests are heard in September the library must be a higher priority if we are going to get what we need to provide Mondays open, more staff, etc. The Applegate FOL continues to work with the other FOLs to provide a countywide campaign for visibility and priority for the library system as a whole. There is a strategy that includes working the various festivals and fairs that occur throughout the County in the summer months, writing letters to supervisors and newspapers, and raising our membership numbers. We’re in the process of sorting through all this right now and deciding what comes first but ask you to keep in mind we will need volunteers to gather more signatures, sit at tables at public events and talk to neighbors. We could not have gotten this far without knowing, and telling those in power, that we have a strong base and our cause speaks to the very cultural fabric of Placer County.
So, the process grinds on. A little win, a little uncertainty and good support from all of you. We’ll be in touch when we have it sorted out.
Judy Cook, President, Friends of the Applegate Library