Flower Memorial Trustees Defend Library Budget

Flower Memorial Trustees Defend Library Budget

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Flower Memorial Library trustees were front and center at a public hearing for the city of Watertown's proposed budget for 2017-2018.

The proposed spending plan has the library closing on Thursday nights and on Sundays, which would save the city around $20,000 a year. 

Library trustees told the city council that the library serves too great a purpose to cut hours.

"Modern libraries are more than repositories for books," Thom Peterson said. "The Flower Memorial Library is an example of a library as community center."

"There are always things going on at the library and to deprive our citizens on Sunday in particular -- I would hope we can find our way around that," Carolyn Weldon said.

The city council has a budget work session Tuesday night and Mayor Joe Butler says library hours will come up then.

Council members voted 3-1 Monday night to give themselves the option to override the state-mandated tax cap.

That's something Butler says will likely happen.

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