Cumberland Times-News

Local News

April 5, 2010

Manchin veto to force cuts at Mineral, other W.Va. libraries

Keyser — KEYSER, W.Va. — The Keyser-Mineral County Public Library and public library systems around the state will see budget cuts in fiscal 2011 as a result of a line item veto by Gov. Joe Manchin.

Library Director Connie Sutton said the Mineral County libraries will be reducing hours and staff pay to make up for the funding reduction.

“Because library funding is so tight, we never have any wiggle room,” Sutton said. “At this point there’s just no place else to go but to cut staff hours and the hours that we’re open.”

Libraries faced cuts early in the state’s budget process, but a successful lobbying effort by library supporters convinced the Legislature to approve the same amount of state funding as in this year’s budget. That amounted to a total of about $8.35 million in grants for the nearly 100 public libraries across West Virginia.

But on March 25, Manchin vetoed the measure, implementing a 5 percent decrease to reduce the funding to just over $7.9 million.

“I believe a 5 percent reduction is reasonable in light of the reduced state revenue available for all state-funded projects,” his veto letter stated.

Manchin also cut funding for library special projects by 7 percent, from $800,000 to $744,800.

Matt Turner, spokesman for Manchin, told the Associated Press that the governor is not trying to kill library services in the state, but rather to cut funding to programs he thinks can still operate with less state money.

Manchin also applied 5 percent reductions to a wide swath of other social programs, including senior citizens centers, the state fair, the West Virginia Symphony and the Appalachian Children's Chorus.

Sutton said the library has become significantly busier than it was 18 months ago, as the recession drives more people to use the library for services and to save on entertainment.

She doesn’t yet know for certain how many hours the Mineral County libraries will cut, but she said the staff pay reductions will amount to 5 percent for everyone, across the board.

“We’re a team. We’re taking the hit together,” she said.

Sutton added that in order to tighten up the library budget this year, they’d cut the book budget by 8 percent. Further book budget cuts are not an option for fiscal 2011, she said.

“We can’t do that anymore and maintain the services we provide to the community,” she said. “We just can’t.”

At the county level, the library will receive the same amount of funding as this year — $50,300 from the general budget and another $12,500 in coal severance tax funds.

During budget meetings, Sutton had asked for a $9,843 increase for the libraries, as well as staff pay raises. But she and other agency directors were warned by the Mineral County Commission that it would be a “very unpleasant” budget year.

Sutton said she’s just grateful to receive the same amount of county funding as this year.

“I'm really happy that neither the county nor the city had to reduce our funding,” she said. “And I'm sorry the governor saw it the way he did.”

Contact Megan Miller at


Text Only
Local News
  • Easter experience Easter experience

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Game on: City interested in baseball study

    After it looked like the objection of a couple of constituents to a study on the feasibility of bringing a minor league baseball team to the area may have torpedoed the thought, county commissioners and some city officials sounded ready to sing a chorus of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” on Thursday.

    April 18, 2014

  • DEREK SHEELY Charges against helmet maker stand in case of Frostburg player’s death

    A Montgomery County judge this week declined to dismiss charges against a helmet manufacturer in a case brought by the parents of a Frostburg State University football player who died of head injuries in August 2011 following four straight days of heavy contact drills in practice.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • GAYLE MANCHIN W.Va. BOE president speaks on issues at WVSDB

    West Virginia Board of Education President Gayle Manchin responded to issues at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind during an interview with the Times-News Wednesday morning.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • REGINALD REDMAN Moorefield man jailed on felony drug count

    A Moorefield man was arrested on various charges Thursday, including a felony drug offense for possession of amphetamines, according to the Keyser Police Department.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Blossoming optimism Blossoming optimism

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cemetery group’s efforts revive Oak Hill grounds Cemetery group’s efforts revive Oak Hill grounds

    After you drive Alexander and Furnace streets then navigate a couple of switchbacks on Cemetery Road, you’d figure there would be no more uphill.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Proposed county budget holds most agencies flat

    After taking into account an income tax shortfall, Allegany County Finance Director Jason Bennett said he’ll propose a budget that holds most outside agencies to flat funding and funds the Board of Education at what county officials say are maintenence of effort levels for 2015.

    April 17, 2014

  • RYAN WOLF Wolf named 2014-15 Garrett Teacher of the Year

    Southern Garrett High School teacher Ryan Wolf has been named the 2014-15 Garrett County Teacher of the Year.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rep. Delaney discusses congressional gridlock Rep. Delaney discusses congressional gridlock

    While giving a civics lesson at Frostburg State University on Thursday, U.S. Rep. John Delaney, congressman from Maryland’s sixth district, told students that the polarization in Congress is due primarily to redistricting and a poorly designed Congressional schedule.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

Must Read
News related video
Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case Horseless Carriage Introduced at NY Auto Show Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant Beau Biden Plans 2016 Run for Del. Governor Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Obama: 8 Million Healthcare Signups Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians U.S. Sending Nonlethal Aid to Ukraine Military Holder: Americans Stand With KC Mourners