Texas: Collin County Commissioners Vote to Eliminate County Funding For Public Library
From the Celina Record
Collin County Commissioners met on August 13th to hammer out the 2016 budget.
Celina Library staffers never imagined that their facility would be in the cross hairs. In a 3-2 vote, County Commissioners voted to eliminate all county funding for public libraries. This accounts for roughly 10% of the Celina library’s budget.“It was a total shock,“ said Celina Librarian Linda Shaw. “We had very little time to react.
The Celina library already has one of the smallest budgets in the county. It’s classified as a rural library, and depends on every penny to get by. Losing 10% of its anticipated budget could prove devastating.
Celina’s exploding population has resulted in more people using the libraries services. Celina is expected to grow even more in the coming years. In order to meet these growing demands, the library was slated to hire a part-time staffer. The proposed cuts now put those plans in jeopardy.
The proposed cuts now put those plans in jeopardy.The commissioners who voted to cut library funding expressed the belief that county government should not be involved in supporting libraries.
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