Our local Champaign Library has money problems. There have been some other controversies over the past few years related to nearby community patrons paying for usage. Then there was the proposal to cut evening hours at the Champaign Library. The issue now is operating funds.
Solving the CPL Deficit
Various ideas have come up to help raise funds for the library:
Charging for parking
Imposing a fee for meeting room usage
They have a donate button on their site
They have already cut funds in 70% of their programs
Late fees have been increased
Staff positions have been left unfilled
Even the beloved bookmobile has been put in mothballs–this is serious!
The problem relates to increasing costs (even though they have been actually cutting costs since 2009) and decreased property values starting with the economic downturn of 2008.
The Champaign City Council is discussing this and the Champaign City Manager has recommended a one-time payment of $273,436 to CPL.
They say it will be ready soon–and the rooms are being finished now. The new Hyatt Place in Downtown Champaign has seemed so long in coming and may well be ready for guests within a few weeks. Furniture has been unloaded according to their facebook page and the News Gazette ran a picture of their swimmimg pool with water in it last weekend.
The website for the Champaign County Clerk’s office has an interactive page that makes it easy to find your polling place in Champaign County. The list of polling places is linked to the map and you can get the info you need for times etc there as well.
Tuesday, March 18 is the day to vote
You see all kinds of signs around the are now–and debates are winding down. You can vote early in CU at a half dozen places in the area through March 15. But after Saturday you need to find your local spot and get there between 6a and 7p on Tuesday, March 18.