Re "Council wants more services restored with new tax money" (Our Region, Feb. 13): With the Sacramento City Council set to pass a new budget using monies from Measure U, where is the new money for city libraries?
Council members have talked of more money for police, fire and parks; spending more money on studies for a new arena; and yet all then can come up with is restoring the library to the "maintenance of effort" which they would have to do because of the additional funding for police, fire and parks.
In 2012 the library administration bargained with the employee unions to reduce costs and put the library on solid financial foundation, something the city has yet to achieve. In 2012 voters approved Measure U believing the library would be receiving new monies to add hours and Sunday service to their operation.
Yet here we are again with the library facing reduced funding and perhaps closures in the city. Why?
-- Robert Gorham, Sacramento