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"Save Our Public Libraries" petitions for independent system

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Updated: 7/24/2013 1:06 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla -- The group "Save Our Public Libraries, Inc." dropped off 7,000 more library petitions today.

Community members have been signing them to get a straw ballot on the next election ballot. Voters would then be able to decide whether the library system can become an independent system.

Library advocates started the push after the Mayor's proposed budget cuts showed multiple Duval County libraries would be closed.

12,205 petitions have already been verified by the Election's Office.

The library advocates need a total of 25,931 petitions to get a straw ballot, which means they need about 8,500 more.
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Realchange - 7/24/2013 7:48 PM
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Independent system? Does that mean charging for renting books? People need to wise up and realize that with the advent of internet it would be better investment to create an online library of some kind where you could check out a book and have up to 3 mos to read it online. Be honest how many people use the all the libraries in Jacksonville to warrant every single one being open? Close the older ones. Yes it will hurt some kids some, but if we did the online library instead for city residents it could work. Everyone says need to keep the open even with the nation and counties facing income revenue issues. Some things have got to happen. Deficits going for to long will ruin a government just like a business.
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