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I urge all citizens to contact their representatives in the Virginia General Assembly and ask them to support the budget amendment restoring the governor’s proposed 2 percent cut in state aid to public libraries.
The cut would reduce statewide funding for libraries by $295,436 for each of the next two years.
Our public libraries provide a vital service to our communities, one that is especially important in filling the educational and research needs of rural communities such as Grayson County, where I live.
I am always amazed at the quality of services the Wythe-Grayson Library system is able to provide with the very limited financial support they receive — but I don’t see how they can possibly continue to do so if additional cuts are made.
Surely there are many other areas of the budget that could be cut before targeting our public library system. There is no other area where I think the public would get more for its money than in continuing to fund our libraries at their current level.
I would in fact support increasing their funding and would be happy to see my taxes be used for this purpose.
Grayson residents may e-mail their legislators: Sen. Bill Carrico, email@example.com; and Del. Israel O’Quinn, firstname.lastname@example.org.