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Tuesday, 30th September 2008

A Tale of Two Library Plans

A Tale of Two Library Plans

For months, Escambia County commissioners and the Pensacola City Council have avoided talking about the elephant in the room the library system.

The county has agreed in the past to take over funding of library operations, but that's stalled for now partly by recent property tax reform measures that led to budget cuts.

In the meantime, the city has $6 million in local option sales tax money it plans to spend by 2011 on a new 25,000-square-foot downtown library, to replace the current one. The city already is looking to hire an architect to design it.

That move forward by the city without a discussion with the county bugs commissioners and has them confused about the city's intent. That's because the county has about $18.7 million set aside to build a new 60,000-square-foot central library in the Nine Mile Road area in 2012.

Source: Pensacola News-Journal


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