Public funding cuts for Pequot Library to take effect in July

The head of the Pequot Library says the historic landmark could soon be forced to shut down. Town officials voted 5-4 last night to cut

The Pequot Library will have 100 percent of its annual grant cut on July 1.

The Pequot Library will have 100 percent of its annual grant cut on July 1. (4/3/13)

FAIRFIELD - The head of the Pequot Library says the historic landmark could soon be forced to shut down.

Town officials voted 5-4 last night to cut 100 percent of the library's annual $350,000 grant, which amounts to about one-third of its funding. Library officials say the rest is raised privately, but there's no way they would be able to make up an annual shortfall of that much money.

A town official who voted to eliminate the funding says it was a difficult but necessary choice given the tough economic times.

First Selectman Mike Tetreau told News 12 Connecticut today that the Board of Finance made a terrible decision and he plans to use all of his power to get it reversed at the Representative Town Meeting on April 22.

The cuts are set to take effect on July 1.
 

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