Good evening, and thanks for watching News 8 this
I'm mark mcpherson
The budget issues surrounding the La Crosse public
libraries have created quite the buzz around our area.
The library board has held listening sessions at all
today is the final meeting at the Main Branch.
News Eight's Kyle Dimke was there and joins us now
this week Mayor Kabat announced that funds are in
order to keep all three branches of the library open
for 2015 with no major changes coming.
Now that things are in order for next year .
at today's listening session the library board is
focusing on long-term solutions.
After announcing the possibilty of closing a branch
of the La Crosse library last fall.
library director Kelly Krieg-Sigman says asking for
community help was must.
Kelly: 7- the three listening sessions were beyond
They were absolutely critical, it was something we
had to do.
I look at it as a
step forward in rebuilding our credibility
with the community because I know we lost some
Krieg-Sigman says at today's meeting she had more
of an opportunity to explain the library's budget
and how its money is spent.
Which opened up the conversation of fundraising among
those in the audience.
Kelly: 3- there was an awful lot of discussion about
ways of raising funding in an ongoing way to sustain
our level of service.
So I'm going to be talking with the library board
president very shortly in moving ahead on conversations
at the board level about making that happen
James: 7- I am so glad that I came to this meeting
and really got a lot of things that I didn't understand
cleared up and actually have given me an idea of how
I would direct some of my extra funds
Long-time La Crosse resident James Pake says he came
today with a complaint.
but leaves happy with the community involvement and
the way the library board is handling things.
James: 1- the people and the board are really intent
on keeping these branch libraries open
Krieg-Sigman says the library board is getting a lot
of good, helpful suggestions from concerned residents
who want to help find a solution.
But even though the board is receiving great support
the only thing the library can do right now is wait.
Kelly: 5- until I know for sure what I have to operate
with next year I can't move ahead very agressively
on other initivatives or other improvements.
I need to know that first
Reporting in La Crosse Kyle Dimke News 8
The library director says the 2015 budget was due
Mayor Kabat will now be looking over the operating
budgets of all city departments until the first budget
meeting on September 14-th.