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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)- State lawmakers are cutting funding to a dozen West Michigan libraries. 

The new budget eliminates next July's reimbursements to libraries in tax-free Renaissance Zones.  That includes libraries in Grand Rapids, Holland, Coopersville, Cedar Springs, Spring Lake and Grand Haven. 

Grand Rapids will lose the most at more than $389,000.  Librarians say patrons will feel the cuts.

Grand Rapids Public Library System's Business Manager Donald Jakel says, "We have several options that we've discussed with our board of library commissioners, and they include possibly closing a branch or reducing hours or maybe eliminating a day of the week that we're open at each of the branches."

Jakel says the library system is still awaiting state reimbursement for this year.

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