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Rice library’s bid to relocate sparks fight
By Jesse Scardina
KITTERY, Maine – A proposal by the Town Council chairman to suspend half of Rice Public Library’s funding until April was referred to as punishment or intimidation by other councilors, with the library director saying such a change would shut down the library.
At Monday’s council meeting where it unanimously approved a $27.7 million budget, Chairman Jeffrey Thomson motioned that the library’s funding, which was appropriated in full, be delivered on a different scale, so it puts pressure on the library to work more closely with the town in regards to future plans for the library.
The library currently gets a third of its funds in August, a third in December and a third in April. Thomson proposed to appropriate half of the $448,412 in this calendar year, with the other half in April.