Last week, Councilman Bill Peduto sent a letter to the Library Board of Trustees containing a timeline of the events since last October surrounding the announced closing of several branches, and the commitment that the City of Pittsburgh made to provide $1.24 million in funding between 2009 and 2010.

Read the Letter Here

A $1 million allocation to the Carnegie Library was included as a line item appropriation in the City’s 2010 budget.  Mayor Ravenstahl says that this funding was contingent on the passage of the Student Tuition Tax, however it was never removed from the final budget, which has already been approved by both the Mayor and City Council.  City Council continues to pledge it’s support to the library system, and today introduced legislation intended to provide the rest of the $1.24 million that was promised to the Carnegie Library.

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