I agree that not having to compete with police, fire, etc. in front of
an elected body for a piece of the pie is one reason libraries in
Indiana rank high when compared to libraries elsewhere. In Louisville,
it was excruciating to sit through budget hearings each year while
department directors begged and pleaded the Metro Council for their
budgets, which were already at bare minimal levels to begin with. Not a
fun time in the least.
Montie L. Manning
Alexandria-Monroe Public Library
117 E. Church St.
Alexandria, IN 46001-2005