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TACOMA: Don’t cut the public libraries’ budget

Letter by Lilly Warnick, Tacoma on April 30, 2010 at 10:09 am with 6 Comments »
April 30, 2010 2:32 pm

Re: “Library in cross hairs as revenue falls short” (TNT, 4-28).

Tacoma’s city government has a budget shortfall, and the libraries, of all places, are targeted to take the hit. Yes, the libraries, one of the few free sources of education, information and entertainment.

It wasn’t long ago, when the recession first hit in late December 2008, that we learned the City Council had given large raises to employees at a time when other cities were laying off workers and cutting or freezing salaries. The rationale was that adjustments were being made to bring pay in line with current market rates. The city’s administration reported it was manageable, and the council thought it important.

Fast forward to the general fund budget for 2009-10. The city finds itself with a budget shortfall and has recommended a $1.6 million cut from the library’s budget, a budget that is already bare bones, having already reduced library hours, staffing and materials. So, what’s left to cut?

We recently heard Tacoma’s citizens giving a resounding “yes” to the parks. Let’s now tell the city the libraries need similar support.

Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. nwcolorist says:

    I certainly agree, Lilly.

    Since retiring, I’ve found the library a wonderful source of information and enjoyment. Maybe the budget cutters think of us as a bunch of old spinsters and “Mr. Peepers” types. I hope not.

  2. Libraries are a luxury today. We do still have bookstores and the internet.

  3. Olemag says:

    Dear Lilly,

    Libraries are the foundation of education and freedom. They must be preserved and pampered.

    Regardless of the “techies” claims, we are still dependent on the written word. Even Italian Springs needs the written word to state his disagreement.

    Up with BOOKS!

  4. tree_guy says:

    Lilly, the voters in Tacoma have already raised the property tax rate three times since the first of January. It sounds like you want yet another increase. The increasing cost of home ownership is already making it difficult for young families to buy a home. Your proposal would further hurt home buyers.

  5. redneckbuck says:

    Shutting down libraries two or three days a week is a good decision.

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