A Springfield Alderman is demanding more leadership from the Mayor when it comes to finding money for the public library.
Ward 2’s Gail Simpson says her move to fund more positions at Lincoln Library has been years in the making because constituents need more access to library resources.
Simpson tasked the Mayor and Budget Director to come up with the funds and says the options provided were not suitable, except for taking the funds out of cash reserves.
Simpson says she could move to take the quarter million dollars out of the Mayor’s control, including funds to be used for garage consolidation efforts, and give the money to the library, an amendment that could be made during Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole.
The 2015 Fiscal Year Budget takes effect March 1.