Sunday, June 13, 2010

Citizens for the Flint Public Library Launch "Keep Our Library" Campaign

Link to June 9 post, "Fate of Flint Public Library will depend on millage increase proposal in August election, supporters say".

Excerpt: The Flint Public Library is in danger of closing unless voters approve a millage increase to fund it, library supporters said.

In August, voters will be asked to approve paying 1.4 mills — which includes a 0.9 mill renewal of an existing millage — or else face shuttering what some have touted as one of the community’s most beloved treasures.

“There is never a good time for a millage increase in Flint but we see this is a need,” said Nat Burtley, vice president of the library’s board of trustees. “We are an award-winning library and we don’t want our community to lose that. Our library is one of the jewels of this community.”

The Citizens for the Flint Public Library launched a “keep our library” campaign Wednesday, noting a 23 percent staff reduction since 2004

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