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Mecklenburg County budget crisis mentioned in Time Magazine

Time Magazine recently featured an article on how the economy has affected states, counties and cities. Here’s what they say about potential library closings in Mecklenburg County:
This all comes as a shock to the folks of Charlotte, who long ago grew accustomed to seemingly endless prosperity. The seeds of Bank of America, among other empires, […]

By |June 21st, 2010|Mecklenburg County|2 Comments

Keeping the Mint Hill library open: Where do we stand now?

After the third meeting in less than a week yesterday between towns and library officials, a deal seems to be in the works to keep the Mint Hill library open. Library officials drafted a memorandum of understanding that calls for each town to give either cash or in-kind donations that will amount to more than […]

By |June 18th, 2010|Mecklenburg County, Town Hall|0 Comments

County, library and towns try to cobble together a plan to save the libraries

Negotiations between Mecklenburg County towns and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library continued Tuesday in downtown Charlotte at the law offices of Robinson, Bradshaw and Hinson. Library officials have asked towns—specifically Mint Hill, Matthews, Davidson and Cornelius—to pitch in a total of $700,000 to sustain the library system for the next fiscal year. Mint Hill is the only town that is on board with donating the money—as long as Mint Hill’s library stays open—but Mayor Ted Biggers said it would be difficult for the town to give money if it meant other towns aren’t paying their fair share.
Last Friday, Biggers attended the first of the formal negotiations. Towns, including Charlotte, were represented by at least mayors and town staff, while library board members and staff including Director Charles Brown represented the library. County officials included Board of Commissioner Chairwoman Jennifer Roberts.
Towns don’t think they can sell the library plan to their boards without tweaking it considerably. The towns want to help, but the road ahead could be tricky.
“We have to think outside the box,” Davidson Mayor John Woods said. “Then I believe the towns could cobble together a plan that would be acceptable.” […]

By |June 16th, 2010|Mecklenburg County|2 Comments

Mayor Biggers meets with mayors to talk library funding

Mint Hill Mayor Ted Biggers met with officials from the surrounding towns Friday to discuss the prospect of the towns helping to bail out the library system. Of course, this would mean that the library in Mint Hill would have to stay open, said Biggers to WFAE.
“We are already paying county taxes that support the […]

By |June 14th, 2010|Mecklenburg County|0 Comments