Published 4/27/2011 Tallahassee Democrat
About 43 percent of Jefferson County's $294,000 library budget comes from this state and federal aid. Without it, Jefferson, and many counties like it, would be faced with a drastic reduction in library services at a time when those services are most in demand.
State funding for our libraries has dodged a big bullet in each of the last two legislative sessions as broad public support persuaded legislators to swing their budget axes in other directions. Let's hope this is not the year our libraries face a crippling blow to their critically important services.