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The Jacksonville Public Library is asking for a nearly $2 million increase in the mayor’s proposed budget, and several city council members say they may consider at least a smaller bump.

The library’s executive director stressed the growing demand for libraries during budget hearings Friday.

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The Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library is having a warehouse sale this weekend.

The non-profit is selling books, records, CDs and other donated items to raise money for the city’s public library.

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The Jacksonville Public Library wants residents to submit their questions for City Council candidates. Debates are planned at four area libraries April 20 for candidates who advance to the General Election.

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Supporters of a straw ballot measure to take library funding decisions away from the Jacksonville city council by creating a special independent taxing district held a rally Tuesday morning in front of the public library downtown.

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The Jacksonville City Council ended its meeting at 2:15 a.m. after only getting through about half of more than 40 proposed amendments.

They plan to reconvene at 2:00p.m. Wednesday and will continue to debate which services to restore and how much to raise property taxes.

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  A spokesman for Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown says no final decisions have been made regarding the upcoming proposed budget.

But it’s expected what is proposed will include major spending cuts of nearly 14-percent. That’s because by law the administration can’t factor in projected savings from pension reform until it’s approved by the city council. Brown says pension reform would free up 46-million dollars.

A vote on the legislation won’t come before the Mayor presents his budget proposal to the council on July 15th.