Wheatfield Town Board Reinstates Library Funding

November 4, 2010 Updated Nov 4, 2010 at 10:34 AM EDT

By WKBW Programming

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November 4, 2010 Updated Nov 4, 2010 at 10:34 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The Town of Wheatfield's board reinstated library funds after cutting them out of their initial budget.

It costs the town about $65 thousand a year for residents to use the Town of North Tonawanda's library system because they don't have their own.

In their initial budget for this upcoming year, the town board did not include these funds. At a meeting Wednesday, residents were in an uproar. They voiced their opinions about the lack of library services and also giving suggestions on other areas to make cuts.

Board members said they have reinstated the money but residents are still concerned for the future.

"Our libraries even the playing field for our children. Anyone can use the library to take out books and become more educated. They can learn anything they want to learn and teach themselves anything," concerned resident Julie Mills said.

The board said they would pay the money this year, while also negotiating a three-year deal with the Town of Tonawanda.

Residents said if the board does not follow through with that plan, they would fight for their right to library access.