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Brentwood, Maxville Libraries Funding Restored

Kevin Meerschaert

The Jacksonville City Council Finance Committee has restored funding for the Brentwood and Maxville libraries. Both were slated to close October 1.

Faced with big budget cuts the Library Board of Trustees had recommended their closing. The trustees told the committee last week that the Maxville branch is the least used library in the system and Brentwood is in disrepair.

City Council member Johnny Gaffney said any disrepair problems are the fault of the city. He says the Brentwood is too important to the community to be closed.

The Finance Committee spent Thursday debating individual council member amendments to the budget. The millage rate will be set on Tuesday. Once the millage is set nothing can be added to the budget that doesn't include equally off-setting spending reductions. 

Kevin Meerschaert has left WJCT for new pursuits. He was the producer of First Coast Connect until October of 2018.