For Immediate Release: April 10, 2014
For Information: Joy Testa Cinquino, Assistant Deputy Director Development/Communications, 716-858-7182
We are extremely disappointed that the Erie County Legislature voted to deny the public their right to determine the future of our 37 Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries by opposing the creation of a Special Library District.
We had hoped that together, the Library and Legislature would take a forward step and provide a sustainable solution to the Library System’s decades-long, roller-coaster funding. Three key points about the creation of a Library District were continuously miscommunicated by the members of the Legislature. For clarification:
Despite the facts, a majority of the County Legislature seem not interested in giving the public – their constituents, the voters of Erie County-the opportunity to decide whether a Library District should be created and at what level it should be funded.
The 23 Library boards, representing the urban, suburban and rural libraries of Erie County, understand the district can be the key to long-term financial stability and sustainability. We are not doing anything different than what over 200 district libraries throughout New York have done—creating long-term financial stability and sustainability for our libraries.
To members of the community who use the libraries, we truly appreciate your support and will continue to work hard to serve your needs.