City of Petal budget cuts force reduction in library hours

City of Petal budget cuts force reduction in library hours

PETAL, Miss. (WDAM) - The City of Petal has reduced its annual aid to the library by 43%, causing library administration and the Board of Trustees to adopt a budget to deal with budget cuts.

“Everyone knows that Petal had been having some difficulties with their budget this year,” said library director Sean Ferrell. “We were not surprised to hear that we had a budget cut, but we were surprised to see that we had a 43% cut.”

This caused Ferrell to make several changes in the day-to-day operations of the Petal Library.

Those changes include reduced materials budget and discontinuation of renewing magazines and newspapers. The Library will also now be closed on Wednesdays.

“We had no choice,” said Ferrell. “There was nothing we could do. Kids won’t be doing schoolwork on Wednesdays. People won’t be using the internet to look for jobs on Wednesdays. People won’t be checking out books and DVDs on Wednesdays. That’s just a very unfortunate thing.”

Ferrell says there will be no changes to current positions and jobs at the library.

“Fortunately it is not going to impact any jobs,” said Ferrell. “By the skin of our teeth, we’re able to not eliminate any positions or reduce and current hours. We did have to eliminate an unfilled position that had been unfilled since the summer.”

These changes will go into effect Nov. 1.

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