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Bouquets to the Jacksonville City Council Finance Committee

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Bouquets to the Jacksonville City Council Finance Committee for restoring money to the budget to keep open four of the six libraries slated to be closed and to maintain current Sunday operating hours at branches and the Main Library Downtown. It costs $1.2 million to keep open the Beaches, San Marco, University Park and Willowbranch branches and another $243,000 to maintain Sunday hours. Though it hurts to lose two libraries, the Maxville and Brentwood branches were recommended for closure in a 2011 study to decide the best use of library property. After the Finance Committee’s work is done, the full City Council will have to approve the budget — and the tax increase needed to fund it.

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