UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: PEQUOT LIBRARY MAY LOSE TOWN FUNDING IF ACTION IS NOT TAKEN IMMEDIATELY

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

PEQUOT LIBRARY MAY LOSE TOWN FUNDING IF ACTION IS NOT TAKEN IMMEDIATELY

April 2, 2013
Southport, CT –There is a shocking proposal to eliminate funding to the beloved Pequot Library. Pequot serves all of Fairfield, CT and beyond. Local residents, living in ALL FAIRFIELD districts are asked to please write your representatives NOW on our behalf. It is particularly important that you, as a resident of districts covered by ZIP codes 06824 and 06825, make your voice heard! Pequot Library is located in Southport, but we serve all of Fairfield, and in fact, 50% of our members are from districts 2 through 10.

 This is a very challenging time for finances within the Town of Fairfield. As part of the Town’s annual budgetary process, we have recently learned that the spotlight has been placed on Pequot Library and we may be at risk of losing our regular Town funding.  

 The Town's grant to Pequot Library has been relied upon for several decades in order to help fund our operating costs. Last year’s grant was $350,000 and the Board of Finance will be voting today on the recommended budget including a continuation of a grant of $350,000 (less than 1/3 of our operating budget.)

Every dollar we receive from the town is essential to our operations. A reduction or possible outright elimination of our grant would be devastating to the Library's existence.

 The Board of Finance is voting on the Budget tonight, Tuesday April 2, 2013 at 7:00 PM at their meeting held at the Board of Education Offices, 501 Kings Highway East (2nd floor conference room).

 There will be no public comment at the meeting, but your presence at this meeting will speak volumes. Also, please use the Fairfield Taxpayer "1-Click email" system to send a message of support for Pequot Library now. Click on the following link http://tinyurl.com/save-pequot-library and here:

http://www.fairfieldtaxpayer.com/email-all-elected-officials.html

 Please visit www.pequotlibrary.org to learn more about this small, unique, independent community library. For information: (203) 259-0346 ext. 15. Follow Pequot Library on Facebook.

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