County Cutbacks Hit the Books

John F. Germany Library

Between the hours of nine and ten in the morning, at the main library in downtown Tampa, Hillsborough County Commission might soon implement a plan to have the librarians stacking books.

That's because the libraries would be closed at that hour. And six new branches scheduled to be built around the county would be put on hold. Same goes for the planned half a dozen new fire stations.

The county is proposing cuts averaging 25 percent for nonprofit agencies subsidized by the county. The Education Channel and its companion, The Explorer Channel, would be gone. They've provided commercial-free educational programming for 20 years.

There could be even more cuts if voters approve a referendum in January to create a new super homestead exemption - which would reduce property tax

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