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How to fund the library

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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2013 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

Tired of threats to close libraries? Picture a future without petitions or rallies. Picture six-day service sealed into city law. Honorable Council members James G. Van Bramer and Vincent J. Gentile, DC 37 and the library local unions have proposed legislation designed to retire the library’s annual budget dance with City Hall.

Baseline Funding (Intro. 1050-2013) will siphon 2.5 percent from existing property taxes. Rest assured, the bill is not tied to any increase in property taxes. Public library systems in Los Angeles, Sacramento, Detroit, Columbus, and Pittsburgh all receive various forms of baseline funding. In our city, the American Museum of Natural History’s Planetarium and public schools benefit from baseline funding.

Honorable Council Members Charles Barron, Gale A. Brewer, Fernando Cabrera, Margaret S. Chin, Leroy G. Comrie, Inez E. Dickens, Daniel Dromm, Mathieu Eugene, Julissa Ferreras, Helen D. Foster, Sara M. Gonzalez, Robert Jackson, Letitia James, Andy King, Peter A. Koo, G. Oliver Koppell, Karen Koslowitz, Brad S. Lander, Stephen Levin, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Darlene Mealy, Rosie Mendez, Annabel Palma, Donovan Richards, Ydanis Rodriguez, Deborah L. Rose, Mark S. Weprin, Jumaane D. Williams and Ruben Wills have pledged co-sponsorship. The public will not vote on this specific piece of legislation. If a majority of council members vote for the bill, it will be sent to the mayor to sign in to law or veto.

Remember the bill’s supporters at the polls on Sept. 10!

Abigail Goldberg

The writer, a senior librarian with the Queens Library, specified that her views are her own, not an official position of the library.

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