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Madison County considers cuts to non-profits, including libraries

Madison County supervisors will have to make some tough decisions Tuesday night. The proposed county budget makes some deep cuts to non-profit agencies and there is some strong support behind restoring the funding.
Madison County (WSYR-TV) -- Madison County supervisors will have to make some tough decisions Tuesday night. The proposed county budget makes some deep cuts to non-profit agencies and there is some strong support behind restoring the funding.

It was standing room only at a Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday morning. For an hour and a half, several people spoke to the board about restoring funding to non-profits.

"Every non-profit agency in this County interacts and we all take advantage of some at some point or another in our lives,” said one county resident, who attended Tuesday's meeting.

But there was one are in particular that got much more support than any other.

“We use the library a lot. It’s a community focus in Bridgeport. There aren’t too many other organizations there that serve that purpose,” said another resident.

“I had the library and it meant a lot to me. It made a big difference in my life. I ended up working in a library for many years,” said another.

The Canastota Library is just one bracing for cuts. It could mean dropping from $10,000 in county funding last year, to nothing. It would likely mean closing on Sundays and that would still only save them about $4,500.

Libraries aren't just about books anymore. They’re also about computers, and part of the county funding they get at the Canastota Library they put towards keeping up to date with technology.

"Public libraries offer literacy training for children, for preschoolers, for adults,” explained another person who attended the meeting. "All the libraries go hand-in-hand, we all serve different constituencies.”

The Board is considering overriding the state’s property tax cap, which could allow them to restore some or all of the funding to non-profits. Another public hearing will be held before Tuesday night’s board meeting. It begins at 7 p.m. on the second floor of the Madison County Office Building in Wampsville.
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