GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Governor Snyder's budget plan includes deep cuts for West Michigan libraries.
The director of the Grand Rapids Public Library says when she arrived six years ago, the library received $198,000 in state aid. That's now down to $36,000.
The library is already trimming its budget because it no longer receives a tax break for being in a renaissance zone.
"It's not just the 40 percent this year, it's the 40 percent two years ago, it's the 17 percent before that, it' just erodes and erodes and erodes," says library director Marcia Warner. "So we've done all the things that we feel like we can do and still operate a great library system. But anything on top of this, it's going to affect service."
Warner says the library has cut jobs for six years running, and workers are paying more for their health care. She says the library is tapping into its rainy day fund to cover next year's deficit.