UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: Fairfield Budget Cuts Might Close Pequot Library

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Fairfield Budget Cuts Might Close Pequot Library

The Board of Finance made wide-ranging cuts to Fairfield’s spending Tuesday night, including a move that might close Southport’s Pequot Library.
The Pequot Library is open to the public, but it is privately owned and operated by a nonprofit group. Fairfield normally contributes $350,000 to the library each year, which accounts for more than a third of its total budget. The Board of Finance voted 5-4 to cut that funding this July. The move was a part of more than $2.6 million in cuts the board made Tuesday night.
“The fact of the matter is, either we’re serious about reducing our tax increase or we’re not,” finance board vice-chair Robert Bellitto said Tuesday. “This is what making tough choices looks like. And as much as I think it’s a fair point that this type of a cut would be significant to the Pequot Library, I don’t know that it mean that they’re going to shut their doors. But even if it did, we have two other libraries in town that provide services to our citizens.”  READ MORE:

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