La Crosse residents came out in full force on Tuesday to voice their opinion about the budget deficit threatening the library system.
Right now, La Crosse has three libraries and together they share an annual budget of $5 million.
For the past several months, the La Crosse Library Task Force has been trying to figure out a way to deal with the deficit. Everything has been considered, from cutting hours of operation to combining IT and HR departments, but nothing seems to be standing out.
However, on at the second listening session at the North Community Library, the president of the La Crosse Library Board announced that La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat said there is enough funding to keep all three libraries fully functional next year.
Andrea Richmond, a member of the La Crosse Library Task Force, said she is happy about the news. Now it gives the city a little more time to think of a permanent solution to maintain all three libraries for years to come.