ACPL Doing More With Less As Revenue Continues To Decline

By Scott Sarvay

February 22, 2011 Updated Feb 22, 2011 at 3:37 PM EDT

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Funding continues to be tight for the Allen County Public Library, but that doesn't mean you should expect any drastic cuts in services.

For the past 3 years the library has planned for the loss in revenue from property tax caps by not filling some openings.

It's reduced staff by 40 people during that time.

The library lost more revenue with declines in the county option income tax and license excise tax.

And Library Director Jeff Krull said planning ahead for the shortfall has made a dramatic difference.

Krull says, “We're not facing dramatic measures because we've spent the last 3 years gradually reacting to the new reality which is lower revenues for us.”

After holding spending flat on books and materials recently, the library may be forced to scale back other services slightly in the near term.

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