The city council in Springfield Massachusetts has taken steps that will lead to the reopening of three branch libraries that closed because of budget cuts. But it is a stopgap measure that has library supporters looking for long term funding solutions. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
The city of Springfield Massachusetts will enter a new fiscal year this Sunday, July 1st, with a budget that officials describe as “ austere” and “ bare-bones”. It is also a budget that remains out of balance, as we hear from WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief, Paul Tuthill..
The $551.8 million dollar budget will cut more than 100 city jobs, cause three library branches to close, take a fire department ladder truck out of service, and result in reduced repairs and maintenance of streets, sidewalks and parks.
Three branch libraries are scheduled to close at the end of this week in Springfield Massachusetts because of budget cuts. Library advocates have mobilized to try to stop the closures. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
About 50 people held a rally outside the East Forest Park library branch to protest plans to close it.