Ever since voters approved plans to build eight new libraries and renovate others in 2008, Fulton County officials have struggled to figure out how to pay to operate them once they opened.
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Fulton County 2014 budget at a glance
* Assumes a 15 percent increase in the county property tax rate to $11.85 per $1,000 of assessed value from $10.28. The increase — which could cost the owner of a $200,000 home an additional $65.55 a year — would generate about $55.5 million. County commissioners will vote on the tax rate this summer.
* Closes most county libraries one or two days a week, although the Central Library and the Auburn Avenue Research Library will remain open seven days.
* Reduces the county’s operating subsidy for Grady Memorial Hospital to $45 million from $50 million.
* Raises the price of breakfast at local senior centers by 50 cents and the price of lunch by $1. Also, county residents will pay a $25 annual membership fee at senior centers.