October 21, 2021

Georgia: Funding in Question for New Libraries in Fulton County (Video)

From WXIA-TV (Atlanta):

As Fulton County breaks ground on the first of eight new libraries planned, there is still no decision on where an estimated $8 million a year will come to staff them.

In 2005, voters approved borrowing $275 million to build and renovate libraries.

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County Commissioner Rob Pitts calls the library issue his “baby” and said he has no doubts about finding the money for staff and maintenance.

“This is not new. We knew we’d need to find roughly $8 million a year for staffing from day one. It’s just that we’re at the point now where we need to have serious conversations,” said Pitts.

Keep in mind Pitts and other commissioners already have to cut an estimated $100 million from the 2014 budget.

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See Also: Fulton Builds Libraries as Funding Unsettled (via Atlanta Journal Constitution)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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