This series of e-mails obtained by the Observer shows tension between Mecklenburg County government leaders and the libraries, which had millions slashed from its budget by county commissioners this year. The cuts forced the closings of three library branches, the reduction of hours at other branches and the layoffs of 187 staff.
Harry Jones is Mecklenburg's County Manager.
Even as it voted to close three branches by June 19, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library board said Thursday it still hopes to avoid closing more by persuading the county to restore $5 million in budget cuts. Otherwise, the board says... Read Post
As news of closings and layoffs because of budget woes hits staffers and users of schools and libraries in Mecklenburg County, reporter April Bethea of The Charlotte Observer wrote a post asking residents to help cut money elsewhere... Read Post