County considers more library cuts
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- New Hanover County Commissioners are trying to make up an $11 million budget shortfall, and county libraries may be on the chopping block.

The library has already faced significant cutbacks. It's now closed on Sundays, closes early four days a week and part-time employees' hours were cut back.

If the sales tax referendum doesn't pass Tuesday, Commission Chair Jason Thompson talked about possibly having to close three of the four library branches in New Hanover County to make up the shortfall.

"We could survive, but the quality of life would be very different from how we know it now," assistant library director Tammy Baggett said. "It would limit access to our computers, it'd be limited access to hours and very inconvenient for folks to travel to only one location that would be open."

Commissioner Bill Caster said he would consider cutting library hours even further, but wouldn't go so far as recommending closing branches down all together. Other commissioners we spoke to say they're still undecided.

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....song and and dance we always get. They cut school funding, services to the elderly, libraries, etc. They pull at the heartstrings to make you "feel good" about paying more taxes. Nobody wants for their children to go with out school supplies, or for their aging parents to suffer without care and meds. Like there's nothing in the world else they can cut, so they cut the neccessities where it hurts, even though we already pay out the wazoo for them.

There is GREAT didain for for public officials, politics and government right now! They had best figure out a way to start putting some money back into the pockets where it comes from! It wouldn't hurt me a bit to see a few tarred and feathered with a big question mark floating over their head. At some point, the people are going to stand up tall and firm and start saying "NO" to what is currently happenening to their money!
ALL of you remember, the POWER is in the people, not the politicians that take from the people. Without us they are nothing.

This is ridiculous. Schools, libraries, and public safety offices are vital to our lives. Education is already suffering and now you are going to close 3 of 4 libraries. It sickens me that the commissioners make these cuts but still invest in their little pet projects, "business trips," and have to make sure they get their raises. We are being slammed with taxes and utility costs going up, but the average American is not getting even a cost of living raise. This country needs to get it's priorites straight. How can we compete on a global market when you continue to cut the things that are fundamental to our community?

THIS WOULD BE A DISASTER OF A DECISION TO CLOSE ANY OF THE BRANCHS OF LIBRARY AS IF WE DONT HAVE ENOUGH PROBLEMS DOWNTOWN ENOUGH WITH PARKING AND THEN THE TRAFFIC IF YOU DO YOUR FIGURES ON HOW MANY PEOPLE USE THE LIRARY ON A DAILY BASIS! U WOULD SEE THAT TRAFFIC BYE THE LIBRARY AND COLLEGE WOULD DOUBLE IF NOT TRIPLE THIS IS MR THOMPSONS WAY OF FORCEING WILMINTONIANS TO VOTE ON THE TAX BILL AT HAND HE IS TRYING TO REALLY HOLD US HOSTAGE ON IT HE NEEDS TO BE VOTED OUT HE IS NOT A GOOD DECISION MAKER IVE SEEN NOTHING REALLY THAT POSITIVE COME FROM HIM

FED UP CITIZEN AND TAX PAYER,
JOHNATHON GREEN

That's right, make a bunch of cuts that "punish" the tax payers (for the sin of being broke) while programs still sitting under a rock skate through untouched. This is what Ben McCoy is talking about! Like those departments where a couple of overpaid bureaucrats make 300,000.00/year for hiring their friends exclusively for cushy county contracts (a la the "ABC Liquor" fiasco)? Sure, that was state gov., but should we assume counties are any better (they're probably worse!!)?

At the very LEAST, they could START slash salaries of people making over $130,000/year. Why are public employees making that much money? They already get superior benefits and a host of other fringe benefits far better than private industry. That's really where all the money is going: "taking care of their own" while they "let the rest eat cake"... I got news for you bureaucrats. This is why people are angry at government!

Why, as a society, do we hold such little value for literacy, reading, and knowledge? Libraries are essential for any THRIVING democracy. Wake up folks!

Because it is easier to control those that are ignorant.

More of the same tiresome politician threats... It's time to get some new folks on the commission who know what they're doing.