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City Council to Look at Libraries

November 1, 2012

The Pensacola City Council has scheduled a Special Committee of the Whole meeting. The subject of the meeting is the West Florida Public Library’s budget and operations.

The city of Pensacola, together with Escambia County, funds the library system. Recently, the city cut hours for the libraries in response of the county reducing its funding contribution. County commissioners, in turn, have decided to further reduce the county’s contribution in order to use that money to restore hours at the county branches.

During this morning’s county  commission work session, Commissioner Gene Valentino said that he had a Nov. 5 meeting scheduled with Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward to discuss the interlocal library agreement between the county and city.

The city council’s special COW meeting will be held Nov. 7 at 9 a.m. at Pensacola City Hall.

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  • RTDavis November 4, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    People in control of the purse-strings in Escambia County and Pensacola need to give this some serious thought: With respect to supporting the library system financially and completely, can you really think of any better investment on behalf of the present and future of residents? Sure, you may be proud of your Maritime Park–the crowning achievement in local government expenditure (he said ironically)–but please, in the name of all that really matters, do not short-change the libraries. There is too much at stake.

  • Leroy Carter November 2, 2012 at 7:54 am

    What County Commissioners always seem to forget is that Pensacola Citizens also pay Escambia County taxes as well. They seem to think that only residents outside the city fund their share for the libraries. So the bottom line is city residents pay twice for this service.

  • Steve Fulford November 1, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Just my thoughts, but the city and county own a good many properties and buildings. Why not a municipal indoor shooting range to support our local library system? I suspect it would be quite popular and profitable and could create quite a revenue stream for other equally important government services. Of course the government being self insuring removes about the only obstacle that prevents an entrepreneur from accomplishing the same in the Escambia/Santa Rosa private sector.