We recently learned from Supervisor Jeff McKay that a school supporter asked him to "zero out" the parks and library in order to fully fund the schools. Supervisor McKay told the supporter that the combined budgets of both parks and library are only 2%. Eliminating parks and library would not accomplish full funding of the schools. Are other school supporters out campaigning to eliminate the library? All of the county supervisors are campaigning now for the November election and the Library Advocates need to have a presence at the League of Women Voters' candidate forums to speak up for the library.
It would be useful to know what the supervisors are planning for the future of the Fairfax County Public Library. Do they want continued cuts as we have seen the past decade? County documents obfuscate the planned cut to the library budget for FY2017, but previously a budget cut of 20% was mentioned. There is no way to absorb a budget cut of that magnitude without significant damage to the library including elimination of core programs, a reduction-in-force, reducing the hours of library operation, or possibly branch closures.
We hope you will attend, ask questions, and report back with comments made by the candidates so those comments can be shared on the Fairfax Library Advocates' blog.
Below are the dates of the League of Women Voters (LWV) candidate forums for September and October, the Library Board meeting for September, the Board of Supervisors' budget committee Carryover and Lines of Business (LOB) review presentation by County Executive Ed Long, and the regular Tuesday BOS meeting with the public hearing on the Carryover proposal.
Also at the bottom of this email is a link to the DMB carryover recommendation and a link with addresses for the League of Women Voters' candidate forums.
Fairfax Library Advocates
September 2: National Assoc of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Candidates Forum, Mason District Gov't Center, 10 am.
September 9: Library Board of Trustees monthly meeting. George Mason Regional Library, 7 pm.
September 9 LWV Springfield District, West Springfield Govt Center, 7 pm
September 11: FfxCo Board of Supervisors (BOS) budget committee meeting on Carryover and LOB with Ed Long, Govt Center, 1 pm. Rooms 9 and 10.
September 16: LWV Mt. Vernon District, Sherwood Regional Library, 7 pm
September 21: LWV VA Senate and House of Delegates for Sully District, Sully district gov't' center, 7 pm
September 22: BOS public hearing on budget carryover, regular Tuesday BOS meeting at Govt Center.
October 5: LWV, Lee District, John Marshall Library, Alexandria, 7 pm.
October 7: LWV, Providence District, Providence Community Center, 7 pm.
October 8: LWV, Braddock District, Kings Park Library Community Room, 7 pm.
October 13: LWV, FfxCo Chairman of Board of Supervisors and at-large School Board members, James Madison HS, 7 pm
October 14: LWV, Dranesville District, McLean Community Center, 7 pm.
October 21, LWV, Mason District, Woodrow Wilson Library Community Room, 7 pm
October 24, LWV, Hunter Mill District, Reston Community Center, 2 pm (afternoon).
October 28: LWV, Sully District candidates for County Board of Supervisors and School Board. Sully District Gov't Center, 7 pm.
Carryover recommendations by Ed Long: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news/2015/fy2015-budget-carryover-recommendations.htm
LWV Fall 2015 meet and greet calendar, Sept and Oct: http://www.lwv-fairfax.org/files/2015_MandG_Fairfax_Co_All_Districts_Flyer.pdf