Posted on June 21st, 2013 by admin in Finances
Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s FY14 budget recommendations are before Boston City Council for review and discussion, with final approval anticipated prior to June 30. The Mayor’s recommended budget, announced on April 8, proposes increasing the BPL’s operating budget by just under 3%, to a total appropriation of $32.062 million in City of Boston funding. Full details on Mayor Menino’s FY14 Recommended Budget can be found at www.cityofboston.gov/budget.
Also in process is the state’s FY14 budget. In FY13, the library received $2.8 million in state aid, representing funding for the Library for the Commonwealth ($2.2 million), Interlibrary Loan funding ($100,000), and $503,000 in unrestricted state aid, slightly more than 6% of BPL’s overall budget. For FY14, the House recommendation includes language stating that the Library of the Commonwealth will receive not less than 35.9 cents for each resident of the Commonwealth; the Senate recommendation recommends 38.3 cents per resident of the Commonwealth. The Speaker of the House and the Senate President appointed Budget Committee Conference members on May 30. Stay up-to-date with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts FY14 budget process by clicking here.
Posted on March 15th, 2013 by Gina Perille in Finances
The Boston Public Library Board of Trustees voted on March 12, 2013, to approve submission of the recommended FY14 Operating Budget to the City of Boston. The $40.9 million budget maintains the acquisition of materials budget (books, CDs, DVDs) at the $4.5 million level. The budget also reflects more than $500,000 in energy and information technology savings and a commitment from the City of Boston to support approximately $535,000 in mandated personnel increases associated with full-time employees. The City of Boston supports 78% of Boston Public Library’s recommended FY14 Operating Budget.
More information will be posted as the City of Boston and Commonwealth of Massachusetts budget processes progress.
Posted on January 24th, 2013 by Sean Nelson in Finances
Governor Deval Patrick released his FY14 budget recommendation yesterday. The proposed $34.8 billion state budget increases funds for transportation and education, aid to cities and towns, and maintains level funding for libraries. Under the Governor’s recommendation, the BPL would receive approximately $2.2M in funds for Library for the Commonwealth (LFC) and approximately $535K in State Aid. This is the same funding level from the state since fiscal year 2011.
The state’s budget process now moves to the House Ways and Means Committee for their recommendation to be released in late March/early April. Stay in step with the full budget process by clicking here:
Posted on December 24th, 2012 by Sean Nelson in Finances
After an extensive RFP review process, the contract for the market feasibility of commercial and conference space in the Johnson building was awarded by the BPL board of trustees to the firm of Byrne McKinney and Associates from Boston. The initial phase of the study will focus on the measuring of demand for various types of uses and possible configurations of the space. They will also develop financial models and forecast revenue, conduct surveys, and work closely with the project and design team. It is anticipated that the majority of research will be completed by the end of February.
Posted on August 7th, 2012 by Sean Nelson in Finances
The Boston Public Library Board of Trustees held a special meeting at the Central Library, Copley Square on Thursday, August 2nd to review the final FY13 operating and capital budget for the BPL.
Collectively, the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts fund 83% of the BPL’s total operating budget. The City of Boston’s FY13 appropriation to the BPL is approximately $31.2 million — $1.04 million over FY12 (a 3% increase). The FY13 State of Massachusetts budget was signed on July 8th by Governor Patrick and included level-funding for those line-items that impact the BPL, including $2.2 million for the Library of the Commonwealth (LFC) and approximately $576,000 in unrestricted State Aid. The total overall all-funds increase to the BPL’s FY13 operating budget is $1.1 million over FY12, for a total all-funds operating budget of $40.82 million.
Also discussed at the meeting was the BPL’s upcoming five-year capital plan and the full slate of projects that are underway or in the planning process for FY13. It is anticipated that the BPL will expend between $14 million and $16 million on capital projects systemwide in FY13. Nearly half of those funds will be committed to the new East Boston Branch scheduled to be completed in the Fall of 2013. The balance of the funding will be allocated for branch improvements systemwide, information technology projects, energy initiatives, and key programming and facilities studies.
For more details on both the BPL’s operating and capital budgets, please clink on this link: BPL FY13 Operating and Capital Budgets
Posted on June 1st, 2012 by Sean Nelson in Finances
The Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Committee finalized their FY13 budget recommendation. As expected, funding for the Library for the Commonwealth (designated in the line-item language at 35.9 cents per capita) and unrestricted state aid will remain level-funded from FY12 at approximately $2.75M. The Senate’s FY13 budget mirrors the recommendations of both the Governor and the House Ways and Means Committee and is not subject to deliberation in the Conference Committee budget (the Conference Committee only debates appropriation levels if there is a variance between the House and Senate recommendation). The final FY13 budget – officially called the “General Appropriations Act” — will be signed by the Governor on or about July 1st.
Posted on April 25th, 2012 by Sean Nelson in Finances
FY13 Budget Update. Mayor Menino unveiled his recommended FY13 operating budget and five-year capital plan on Wednesday. As anticipated, the Mayor increased the BPL’s operating budget by nearly 3% over FY12 to a total appropriation of $31 million. Included in the FY13 funding is a restoration of the materials budget to the FY11 funding level, an increase in lease-purchase funds for IT equipment, an insurance policy for fine arts and special collections, and a maintenance contract for the self-check machines. The FY13 recommended budget also reflected a reduction in utility consumption for the fourth consecutive year. Additionally, as part of the FY13 budget process, the Mayor challenged city departments to offer new ideas and program innovations to be supported by one-time funding in the operating budget. As a result, the BPL was successful in securing an additional $130K for several new initiatives, including:
- Establishment of an e-reader lending program (approximately 250 devices)
- Early literacy nook at the Charlestown Branch
- Teen writing lab at the Egleston Square Branch
- Teen zone renovation at the Hyde Park Branch
- Outdoor space rejuvenation at the South Boston Branch
The Mayor’s recommended budget next goes to the City Council for discussion with final approval by June 30. The Mayor’s five-year capital plan (FY13 – FY17) also calls for significant new investments for the BPL, including replacing the pay-for-print infrastructure systemwide, the addition of approximately 20 self check-out machines, a systemwide facilities audit, immediate improvements in the Roslindale and Jamaica Plain Branches, and a programming study for the Johnson Building which will include options for a new Children’s Room, Rabb Lecture Hall, and front entrance. The entire City of Boston operating budget and capital plans can be viewed online at www.cityofboston.gov/budget.
The Massachusetts House of Representatives’ Ways & Means Committee also released their FY13 budget recommendation on Wednesday. As expected, the funding for the line items that impact the BPL will be level-funded from FY12 at approximately $2.75 million.This amount includes $2.2 million for the Library for the Commonwealth (LFC) and approximately $560K in unrestricted State Aid. The state’s budget process now moves to the Senate’s Ways & Means Committee for a recommendation to be released in mid-May.
A timeline posted on the “FY13 Budget” tab of the BPL Finance and Budget blog shows important milestones during the BPL budget process. Additional budget information, including planning documents, will be periodically posted to www.bpl.org/budget
Posted on March 19th, 2012 by Sean Nelson in Finances
The Boston Public Library Board of Trustees voted on March 13, 2012 to approve submission of the recommended FY13 Operating Budget to the City of Boston. The $40.2 million budget reflects an increase of approximately $500K over the current fiscal year and notably restores the acquistion of materials budget (books, CDs, DVDs) to the FY11 funding level of $4.5 million. The increased budget also reflects a commitment from the City of Boston to support all related personnel increases associated with the 413 full time employees.
While the BPL Board of Trustees has approved this recommended budget, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is still in the early stages of budget development. The Governor released his FY13 budget recommendation (H2) on January 25th and level-funded those line-items that impact the BPL, including the Library for the Commonwealth (LFC) at $2.75 million. It is anticipated that the House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee will release their FY13 budget recommendation in mid-April; The Senate’s Ways and Means Committee will follow with their recommendation in mid-May. Variances in the respective House and Senate recommendations will be resolved in a joint conference committee and will result in the FY13 Conference Committee budget to be released in mid to late June. Upon receipt of the FY13 Conference Committee budget, the Governor will have 10 days to submit his vetoes.
More information will be posted as the budget process progresses.
Posted on January 19th, 2012 by Sean Nelson in Finances
Please join me in the first of many roundtable discussions on the Compass Principles, the BPL’s strategic plan. I will be focusing on “Sustainable Organization,” including a presentation of the preliminary FY13 budget revenue and expenditure assumptions as well as the budget planning timeline. A Q&A session will be part of the discussion.
The dates and times for this roundtable are:
- Wednesday, January 25, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street,
Boston Room, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
- Thursday, January 26, Jamaica Plain Branch, 12 Sedgwick Street, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Posted on January 19th, 2012 by Sean Nelson in Finances
At the January 10th meeting of the BPL’s Board of Trustees, preliminary assumptions of BPL’s FY13 Operating Budget — including revenue and expenditures — were reviewed. Given the uncertain economic climate of recent years, the early outlook is again conservative but stable. One positive development is the City of Boston’s support for additional funding in FY13 for the anticipated increases in personnel. The result will be a City appropriation that exceeds our funding level from FY12 (a more precise estimate is still TBD pending further review and discussion).
The FY13 all funds operating budget for the BPL will include some modest assumptions regarding overall expenditures including a restoration of the materials budget to FY11 levels, an increase in lease-purchase funds for IT equipment, and the addition of a maintenance contract for the self-check machines. The preliminary FY13 budget will also reflect a reduction in utility consumption system-wide. The BPL’s joint energy conservation efforts with the City of Boston over the course of FY12 will extend this important and beneficial trend well into FY13.
Though it is still early in the state budget process, our FY13 planning estimate assumes a level-funded appropriation from the state. The Governor will officially kick-off the process by releasing his recommendation on January 25th.
Additional budget information, including planning documents, will be periodically posted to the BPL’s finance page.