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Beach library pushes Treasure Island to restore funding cut

TREASURE ISLAND — The Gulf Beaches Public Library wants residents here to pressure the city to restore more than $100,000 in funding for the library.

In an e-mail sent to Treasure Island residents Friday, library director Jan Horah warned that without the money, they will have to pay $100 to use the library:

"If you enjoy reading, watching movies, attending programs, listening to CD books, surfing the Web, browsing through the latest best sellers, then you should be aware that you are on the verge of losing these privileges very soon."

The e-mail asks residents to attend the Treasure Island City Commission meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday when the commission is scheduled to take a final vote on its millage rate and budget for the coming year.

The library's board of directors recently sent a letter to Treasure Island asking that it restore the funding.

Treasure Island is one of five cities that financially support the Madeira Beach-based library. The others are Madeira Beach, Redington Beach, North Redington Beach and Redington Shores.

The commission has tentatively set a property tax rate of 2.4999 mills and approved a budget that eliminates money for the library. The decision was made over more than a dozen residents' objections.

The library serves almost 18,000 people. Its 2008-09 budget is based on the five member communities' total contribution of about $312,000.

Beach library pushes Treasure Island to restore funding cut 09/13/08 [Last modified: Monday, September 15, 2008 4:33pm]
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