Due to a general fund budget deficit in the 2017-2018 fiscal year, the Roseville Public Library elected to close on Fridays and make small staffing changes to meet their required budget reductions.
Unfortunately, based on the City Council's decision to fund accounts that had been "borrowed" from during the recession, the budget deficit moving forward is roughly $14 million dollars if no significant changes to revenue occur. This deficit primarily impacts the Police, Fire, Public Works, Parks, Recreation & Libraries, and Development Services departments and equates to an approximate 15% reduction to existing budgets.
To help our City Council make decisions for future budget years, a commission made up of several community members was established to help provide guidance to the City Council regarding priority of general fund services. This commission is part of the greater Engage Roseville program to solicit public feedback on services that will be impacted by budget reductions.
The process for collecting feedback from the community is coming to a close as the City Council will soon be making decision on the 2018-2019 budget affecting the Roseville Public Library and the other General Fund departments. In addition to sending your comments via email, and attending City Council meetings, one of the last opportunities available to provide your feedback is a new tool called Balancing Act. This tool allows you to make modifications to the budget to close a $2M budget gap based on your priorities for the services affected. In addition to understanding the challenge facing our community, completing the tool also provides feedback to the City.
Also, while the community has stepped up to voice their positive feelings for the Roseville Public Library, in the most recent Community Conversation event, Parks and Libraries were voted by the community to be the departments that could with the most potential for budget savings. For a complete list of results, click here.
How to help
There are several ways you can help the Roseville Public Library:
NEW Balancing Act: Try your hand at balancing the General Fund budget. Click here to access the tool and provide feedback to the City of Roseville.
Engage Roseville Meetings: Attend these public meetings and use the public comment time to share your thoughts with the commission. The meetings dedicated to the Parks, Recreation and Libraries Department will be held on November 8th and 29th at 6pm at the Martha Riley Community Library. The first session will be an overview from the Department on the current budget items and the second session will be more of a working session for the commission to prioritize services. You can also email your comments. These priorities will be revisited in January/February when priorities from all departments will be reviewed and combined. Info at www.roseville.ca.us/council/engage_roseville/
Donate to the Friends of the Roseville Public Library: Become a member (as little as $15/year) and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same. Shop our used bookstores and book sales, and donate your old books. Consider adding the Friends of the Roseville Public Library to your planned giving strategy or donate to our endowment fund with the Placer Community Foundation. We currently raise and donate about $45K per year to the Roseville Public Library, but we will need much more when additional budget actions are taken.
Talk to your employer: Tell your employer about our corporate membership and sponsorship opportunities. We have plans to fit almost any budget! We will also be offering sponsorship opportunities for programs and services currently offered by the library (Full STEAM Ahead, Read to a Dog, Sensory Storytime, Flipster, Summer Reading Program, and many more!)
Be Passionate. Be Respectful.
Lastly, while we believe additional cuts to our library system could be devastating to the community, we support the City Council's decision to move forward with a fiscally responsible budget strategy. Additionally, it is the contributions of all general fund departments that make the City of Roseville a great place to live, work, and raise a family which makes this a very difficult and stressful process for all involved. With this in mind, ask that you be passionate AND respectful when sharing your views. Thank you for your support.