COVINA – The head of Covina’s library said at a city council meeting this week that if the city does not give it additional funding, the library will close next summer. The library is currently budgeted for about $10,000 for the 2008 fiscal year. That would only be enough to keep the grounds maintained after 2008 in hopes the place would reopen, according to library director Roger Possner. By contrast, the full-service budget for this year is about $1.3million. Possner said that he had been told by a consultant with the state library that if Covina’s library were to close, it would be the first time in state history that any city library would be forced to do so. Library funding has also been cut on a state level over the past few months from California’s annual budget, which supports a foundation that provides funds for book acquisition to county libraries. Los Angeles County libraries lost $700,000 due to cuts, enough to purchase 28,000 new books said Public Information Officer Pamela Broussard. Fortunately for the library, said Broussard, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, which funds daily operations for the library, gave the library the extra funding it would normally receive from the state program. Covina’s library is funded almost entirely from the city’s General Fund, and has no alternative sources of funding, according to Possner. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2105160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s a heartbreaker,” said Covina Mayor John King. “But public safety has to be our first priority for funding.” The cuts to the library funding were in response to the city vote last March to not renew the $5.5million annual utility tax. Responding to the loss of revenue, the city passed a two-year budget in June that included cuts in nearly every city department. A group called Community Matters has officially filed an intent to circulate a petition to put a new utility tax measure on the ballot that would renew the tax, which will stop being collected in March of 2009. The measure could appear on next June’s ballot or on the November 2008 ballot, according to Amy Turner in the Covina clerk’s office.