It seems to us that libraries are always at the end of the line in governmental spending after police and fire protection, streets, sewage and drainage. This year is no exception. The Harrison County Library system is dealing with a funding cut of 300 thousand dollars. That means each employee will take off 12 days during the year without pay.
In this tough economic year we can understand the cut backs. Most companies and governments across the country have had their budgets reduced. But, the Harrison County Library system is still trying to turn the corner from Hurricane Katrina which destroyed the main libraries in Gulfport and Biloxi.
Our main concern is what happens next year when two new state of the art libraries go on line. Director Robert Lipscomb says he is not sure how he can staff the two new buildings with the current budget.
No doubt Lipscomb and his staff will need to find innovative ways to stretch their dollars. But we also believe local governments need to find ways to better fund our libraries. If you agree, call your supervisor or city aldermen and let them know that libraries need adequate funding.
That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to email@example.com, or post your comments below.
WLOX-TV General Manager