Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Budget History
Item No. Item Name Final FY2009 Budget (after Oct. 2008 and Jan. 2009 9C Cuts) FY2010 Budget FY2010, Governor's Signed with 9C Reductions (Oct. 2009) FY2011 Budget FY2012 Budget FY2013 Budget
7000-9101 Board of Library Commissioners $1,042,269 $938,042 $938,042 $914,448 $914,448 $998,778
7000-9401 State Aid to Regional Libraries $17,166,071 $12,841,160 $12,327,160 $8,781,475 $9,131,475 $9,231,475
7000-9403 Library of Last Recourse (Added to Line 7000-9401 in FY2012) $350,000
7000-9402 Talking Book Library (Worcester) $421,143 $421,143 $421,143 $421,143 $421,143 $430,628
7000-9406 Talking Book & Machine Lending (Perkins) $2,241,016 $2,241,016 $2,241,016 $2,241,016 $2,241,016 $2,400,000
7000-9501 State Aid to Public Libraries $9,989,844 $7,107,657 $6,823,657 $6,823,657 $6,823,657 $6,823,657
7000-9506 Library Technology & Resource Sharing $2,799,104 $1,929,238 $1,929,238 $1,929,238 $1,929,238 $1,929,238
TOTAL:  $33,659,447 $25,478,256 $24,680,256 $21,460,977 $21,460,977 $21,813,776

Notes on FY2013 budget

On July 8, 2012, Governor Patrick signed the FY2013 budget. Funding (an increase of $84,330) in line 7000-9101 allows the MBLC to fill the Construction Specialist position. Additionally, language in 7000-9101 instructed the Board to grant temporary certification to Fitchburg by August 31, 2012.

Language in 7000-9501 authorized the MBLC to award waivers "in excess of the waiver limit set" in statute. There were no restrictions on the numbers of waivers the Board was able to award.

Notes on FY2012 budget

On July 11, 2011, Governor Patrick signed the FY2012 budget. The FY2012 budget levels funds all the accounts of the MBLC to FY2011 levels. In the fall of 2011, the Boston Public Library as the Library of Last Recourse received $350,000 in a supplemental appropriation in line 7000-9403. The amount in the line was added to line 7000-9401 (State Aid to Regional Libraries). This level funds line 7000-9401 to the total appropriation made in FY2011.

Line 7000-9401 had budget language stipulating that the MBLC "shall provide funds for a single regional library system to serve the different geographic areas of the Commonwealth... requiring physical locations be maintained in both eastern and western Massachusetts to serve the residents of those regions and... that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary that the library of the Commonwealth shall receive not less than thirty-five and nine tenths cents for each resident of the Commonwealth."

Outside Section #75 of the budget amended Chapter 78 Section 19C of the General Laws, changing the 2008 Official Edition description of the Boston Public Library as "the library of last recourse for reference and research services for the Commonwealth" to read "the library of the commonwealth for reference and research services."

Line 7000-9501 (State Aid to Public Libraries) had language that permitted the Board of Library Commissioners to "grant waivers in excess of the waiver limit set forth in the second paragraph of Section 19A of Chapter 78 of the General Laws in FY2012 for a period of not more than 1 year," enabling the Board to grant unlimited waivers.