10/17/10 09:02 - 54.ºF - ID#52972
Library Budget Cuts
As usual, I came here to talk about politics, I haven't been writing as much, though I have been active, SB CREW Quakers VOICE
Anyway, I read in the Buffalo News Erie County is cutting $4 million cut from the library budget.
The more I thought about it, the more I realized just how insane these cuts are. Cutting jobs, and open hours at the library? When library use is up? When so many people are unemployed, and might need to use the library computers to look for a job? When parents are cutting back and taking their kids to use the library?
That ain't right.
When times are tough, we need to work together.
So I just wrote a letter to some of my local representatives and sent a letter to the Buffalo News. I hope you will email somebody and protest.
Here's my letter to the Buffalo News
I strongly oppose cuts to the library budget. According to the article "Libraries, trimmed again" in Sunday's News, The County proposes cutting $4 million dollars, changing their budget from $22 million to $18 million, that's almost 20% savings.
Essentially each resident is saving 20% too. Since we pay about $30.13 per resident, we each save $6 per year. And the price we pay, is 200 lost jobs at the library. Just to save $6 per resident, we sacrifice 200 more jobs in Erie County.
This proposal is outrageous.
The county executive is pinching pennies, and as a direct result we lose 200 jobs. This is horrible mismanagement of government resources, by a county executive who is willing to ignore the obvious, in favor of his blind devotion to budget cuts.
I'm a homeowner, and I'm proud to pay taxes for the vital services in our community. Especially in times like this, when so many people are looking for work and may need a computer or other help from our libraries.
We should be expanding programs, not cutting back. The county should contribute its share.
Don't cut the budget.
Location: Buffalo, NY
Last Modified: 10/17/10 09:04