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Library cuts are penny-wise, pound-foolish
Library cuts are penny-wise, pound-foolish

The City of South Portland is proposing a $5,000 cut to the "collections" budget at the public library.

Now, I understand that it's not the only city department facing cuts, but the cost/benefit ratio of keeping our library current is HUGE.

In Maine,

  • We are the 6th largest community
  • We are the 4th busiest public library
  • We rank 10th in funding for collections, in dollars
  • We rank 83rd in per capita funding for the library (dollars in relation to local population)

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