The state government announced earlier that funding will be cut from public libraries state wide, this has raised a concern as to what cutbacks will take place at libraries and how much will in fact be taken away. The state has now decided to compare the two levels of funding a total of four times during the life of the budget and then libraries will receive the lower of the two funding levels. The question is, how will this affect the library here locally. Since it will go into effect in July of 2002, with the estimated revenue that the library built its budget on they will receive 7.29 percent less than originally estimated. In Muskingum county that transfers to $20,450 that can be utilized and absorbed. Beyond that, local focus is on what expenses within the library system can be controlled for example: the hours of operation, manner of staffing, and of course building maintenance. Not to worry, dramatic cuts will not be made however the growth of staff, technology and additional resource materials will be limited.