Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper announced Monday that he has agreed to amend his proposed budget to restore some library and recreation center hours originally targeted for cuts.
His decision follows a request that he restore those hours and look for budget cuts elsewhere.
To come up with the money, the mayor will have Denver Public Schools put up $600,000 to help shoulder the burden of putting police officers in city schools.
In his original budget proposal, the city was going to pay the entire $1.5 million cost of putting the officers in city schools.
Eric Brown, the mayor’s spokesman, said the school district has agreed to accept the $600,000 cost.
The additional money will allow the city to:
• Restore 16 hours at the library branches of Woodbury, Montbello, Bear Valley and University Hills.
• Cancel proposed staggered closures at recreation centers throughout the city.
• Restore 20.5 hours at nine recreation centers to current levels.
Read more: Hickenlooper restores library, rec-center hours in proposed budget – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_16314520#ixzz129fzpZCy
I’ve got a new post up on my blog about the economic benefits of public libraries.