Meanwhile, the city’s police and fire departments, which have combined budgets of nearly $113 million in the General Fund, had few programs ranked as “discretionary” and in turn have proposed minimal cuts, according to a preliminary draft budget document.
“It’s disproportionate,” City Councilman Rafi Manoukian said Wednesday of the proposed library cuts. “I understand it’s not a straight cut. It just doesn’t make sense.”
The Chevy Chase branch — which was previously on the chopping block in 2009, but saw minimal weekly hours maintained after community protests — saw only 5,260 patrons last year and made up less than 1% of the library’s circulation figures, officials reported.