There are many things in our city which have slowly watched their funding decline. One of these is our Libraries. Council has cut their funding in the last six years leaving libraries with 1.5% less funding than they had in 2007. While these cuts are not large they have had a huge impact upon our Libraries, one example is that this summer our libraries were not able to be open on weekends.
Libraries should be a priority but they have not been so for Council President Warren nor Mayor Richards. If elected though they will be for me. It is time to consider funding our library system and as such I intend to restore weekend hours in the summer, restore lost hours on school holidays, and provide at least a quarter of a million more funds for library resources each year. All this will cost roughly a million dollars. Unfortunately councilwomen Warren seems to prefer spending money on building a marina and tax breaks for builders but I belief Libraries will help our citizens much more and that is my priority.