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Detroit Library To Close 10 Branches, Not 18

DETROIT (WWJ) – Detroit Library officials announced recently that because of a limited budget, they were looking at closing 18 neighborhood branches, but that number could be pared back.

At their meeting Thursday, Detroit Library commissioners announced that instead of closing down 18 neighborhood branches, they will only close 10.

The Library hasn’t struck gold, but will use money from the rainy day fund to keep the doors open at the branches.

But that doesn’t mean all is well. The Detroit News reports the system has a budget deficit of $11 million this year, and its expected property tax revenues will drop by 20% next year.

In an effort to hear the community’s opinion, the library has plans to hold several public meetings, where anyone is invited to voice feedback on the budget saving measures.

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