Community Meetings

More than 200 people attended community meetings on May 16, 17 and 18 to discuss library funding and services.

Simply put, we anticipate a deficit in 2016 that will continue to grow year after year until it is unmanageable if revenues do not increase and/or if expenditures do not decrease..

The Library hired a consultant, Bill Wilson of Himmel & Wilson, who created an one page summary of the situation.  He also distributed a chart that shows the deficit increasing if revenues from local and state government remain flat.  Finally, we shared charts that compared our operation to peer institutions with similar populations in Delaware and Montgomery counties.  These included a chart comparing basic statistics, comparing revenues and expenditures and finally one that compares staffing levels and costs.  One small error in the charts has been corrected in these versions.  Green indicates the lowest number and red the highest in each column.  The mean (average) and median are shown as another way to view Cheltenham’s numbers.

People attending the meeting also requested access to our current strategic plan which we do view and use as a living document guiding our decision-making.

These meetings started the conversation.  Doing nothing is not an option.  Decisions need to be made and made this year.

Next steps include, but are not limited to:

    • Distributing a report on the meetings.
    • Creating an online presence to curate the data and documents.
    • Creating an instrument to collect input from the community.
    • Creating an email list to distribute future updates.
    • Compiling and/or updating the data requested by meeting participants.
    • Scheduling a meeting with our consultant, Township Commissioners and Library Board members.

We welcome the opportunity to work with you and our elected officials on a solution that best serves the people of Cheltenham Township. Please return to this page often for updates.

UPDATES:

July 6, 2016

The Library will present information to the Township Commissioners at their regularly scheduled meeting on August 17 at 7:30 pm at Curtis Hall.  The meeting is public and the community is encouraged to attend.