Updated: 6:31 p.m. Monday, June 7, 2010 | Posted: 4:01 p.m. Monday, June 7, 2010
City Council Votes 'Yes' To Library Funding
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Charlotte City Council has voted 'yes' for the library funding idea on Monday, 6 to 4.
What that means is that they have decided to give libraries over $1 million of city money.
Its high profile campaign to solicit more money from the county, the city and surrounding towns has had vocal support.
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Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx threatened action if the money had not been approved.
“If things are the same on June 7th as they are right now I will absolutely veto the budget,” Foxx said.
An informal polling of city council members showed a very close vote and that's how it played out.
Edwin Peacock, who for weeks supported funding libraries, now opposed it, and Susan Burgess, who opposed it, is now believed to have vote for it.
Nancy Carter is another one of at least four council members who planned to support giving the libraries nearly $1.5 million city tax dollars to make up for a 50 percent cut in funding from the county.
“It is a very responsible investment of funds for the city,” said Charlotte City Council member Nancy Carter.
“I haven’t seen a plan that would convince me that we are actually going to fix the problems that exist within the library system if we give them the money,” Councilman Michael Barnes said.