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Prattville programs look for alternative income sources

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Prattville, AL (WSFA) - A week after the Prattville City Council finally passed a new, leaner budget, many programs and community organizations are left with a fraction of their previous year's funding. 

For many, it's not enough, and now they're tasked with finding alternative sources of income.

Library Director Jan Earnest said, "I think 'stunned' would be the best way to describe how we felt."

The library's funding from the city was slashed by $65,000 dollars; that's nearly a third of its $265,000 dollar budget.

"Coming in the middle of the fiscal year like it was, we already had things in place.  So it was a bit of scrambling to figure out what you're gonna do," said Earnest.

The library immediately cut its staff, it's hours of operation, and the number of books and magazines ordered.  Still, they'll likely fall short.

Earnest said, "I think we're going to have a $30,000 - $35,000 dollar deficit at the end of the year."

Stephen Whitehead is the Executive Director of PASS or Peer Are Staying Straight.  The teen drug and alcohol prevention program is also struggling to stay afloat with shrinking grant opportunities.

The $5,000 dollars they receive from the city was reduced by half.

Whitehead said, "That's two and half months of rent, so we have to find other means to get the funding."

With little left to trim, both programs are reaching out to supporters to make up for the shortfall.

Back at the library, Jan Earnest said, "We've already started getting calls from businesses and individuals about making donations.  It's been very gratifying to see the support we're getting from the public."

Whitehead echoed the call for help.  He said, "The only way we can survive is by donations from the community."

For more information on how to donate to the Autauga Prattville Public Libraries, visit their website at http://www.appl.info/donations.htm.  You can also call them at 334-365-3396.

To contact or donate to PASS, click on this page, http://www.pass-inc.net/donation.htm.  The telephone number there is 334-358-4900. 

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