Council Passes Bill to Monitor Big Spending, Considers Library Cuts | Politics
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There was a swath of red in council chambers Tuesday night, worn in protest to the proposed deep cuts to library funding.
The city's Finance Committee recommended reducing the library's $39 million dollar by about $3.5 million.
Library staffers, volunteers and patrons said the resulting cuts in services would reduce the quality of life in Jacksonville and remove a vital resource for job seekers.
"Our libraries are the place where anybody who does not have a computer at home, the libraries are the only place where there's free access to computers," said a member of the Friends of Murray Hill Library.
A final vote on the matter is expected later this month.
Those cuts came up at the same meeting that saw council pass a new ordinance that will require its members to get a full council vote on projects costing more than $100,000.
Councilman Bill Bishop said if this ordinance was in place earlier, the city would probably not have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on the soccer field at Losco Park in Mandarin.
A First Coast News investigation into how money was being spent on that park pushed council to consider the bill which passed by a vote of 19-0 at Tuesday's meeting.