London library cuts put tax freeze to test

Today’s London Free Press featured an article on budget debates regarding cuts to the public library.

Here’s an excerpt:

Libraries and their lending of DVDs are partly to blame for the collapse of for-profit video stores such as Blockbuster and Rogers, said [Councillor Denise Brown]

“The library has cost jobs in this city. They have first-run movies and Rogers and Blockbuster have gone out of business,” Brown said.

[Councillor Steve] Orser also showed little sympathy to the library, saying most adults and children have less use of its services because they have access at home to the Internet.

“With all due respect to taxpayers, they want belt-tightening and this is what they’re getting,” he said.

Read the full article here:


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