County considers more library cuts

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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