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Good news: Mayor wants investment in libraries

Mayor Alvin Brown presented his proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget for the City of Jacksonville on July 14. The mayor spoke at length about what a dynamic time it is for our city and how we are all working to make Jacksonville “a city of opportunity.”

We were pleased to hear that libraries are one of the areas in which the mayor wants to see investments made in the FY 2015 budget. In his remarks he said, “Our public libraries are vital educational institutions in the community—serving people of all ages, from all walks of life and from all across the city. This budget will help restore service hours at the Main Downtown Library. And we propose to help our libraries invest in new materials after years of budget cuts.”

The mayor’s proposed budget also includes a contribution of land for library expansion at Sheffield Regional Park on the Northside in lieu of land acquisition funding, money to retrofit the café and create collaborative spaces at the Main Library, and funds to enhance the children’s department at Webb Wesconnett Regional Library.

The budget is now in the hands of the Jacksonville City Council and will be voted upon on September 30. Stay tuned for more updates as the budget progress continues.

Read or watch the mayor’s entire presentation.

Jacksonville Public Library