So many libraries and librarians are so very frugal. They are careful to stay within their budgets, not ask for too much, supplement operating expenses with grants, donations and volunteers and keep salaries low. When times are bad they accept budget cuts that other local goverment agencies refuse to consider.
So it’s really upsetting to see that some New Jersey libraries are being asked to return surplus funds to their municipalities. Particularly when the surplus funds are carefully built up reserves earmarked for important projects or needed for tough economic times when business is booming (since unlike for-profit corporations, increased use doesn’t translate into increased revenue for us).
Be careful that your state or community doesn’t pass such a law.