Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Keep the Troy Public Library Open: Council Members Told to "Figure It Out"

City to keep Troy library open past May 1. (Detroit News, 4/19/2011)

Excerpt:    City officials agreed last night to spare the public library, slated for closure May 1, despite a budget shortfall next year and cuts to other city services.

Some 300 residents attended last night's City Council meeting, Councilman Martin Howrylak said, and delivered a clear message to the city: "Figure it out."

Voters indicated in a recent survey fielded March 29 to April 3 by a third-party firm hired by the city that the library is a top priority. The survey results were revealed at the meeting.
City Manager John Szerlag agreed to continue operating the library, funded through June 30, after a commitment last night from City Council to work through the budget issues. Library administration had set the May 1 public closure date to allow staffers two months to inventory the collection.

Voters twice rejected millage proposals last year that would have funded library operations

Related articles:
May Day!  May Day!  Two Michigan libraries set to close on May 1.  (4/17/2011)
Library to close on May 1.  (2/23/2011)
Troy Michigan (population: 80,000) still on track to close its library.  (2/8/2011)
Voters wave bye-bye to their library.  (11/3/2010)
Giving voters more choices than they need.  (8/13/2010)
Library threatened with closure, part 2.  (5/19/2010)
Library threatened with closure, part 1.  (4/25/2010)

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