Friday, April 15, 2011

Restore Library Budget, Say 4 Jersey City Council Members

Jersey City City Council members ask for restoration of proposed $300,000 library cut. (The Jersey Journal, 4/14/2011)

Excerpt: A group of Jersey City City Council members today said they would not support Mayor Jerramiah Healy's proposed $477 million 2011 municipal budget unless he restored a roughly $300,000 cut to the Jersey City Free Public Library.

For the past three City Council meetings, numerous residents have pleaded with the council not to implement the cut, saying it would lead to library closures and more reduced hours.

The council members seeking a restoration of proposed library cuts include Councilman David Donnelly, Councilman Steven Fulop, Councilwoman Nidia Lopez and Councilwoman Viola Richardson.

Their joint statement came after last night's admission by Business Administrator Jack Kelly that the city is expecting additional revenue that it did not include in the municipal budget, including an $800,000 Medicaid reimbursement

Related articles:
Small branch with a big heart must close.  (9/29/2010)
Library cuts hours of operation.  (9/9/2010)
Jersey City residents plead for their library.  (8/26/2010)
More bad news from New Jersey.  (8/9/2010)

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