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Huron County Councillor Wants Answers On Inter-Library Loan Funding

Huron County | by Peter Jackson  
Councillor Myles Murdock is concerned that municipal ratepayers may be stuck with the bill

A member of Huron County Council is concerned that County and municipal ratepayers may be left on the hook, for the revival of the inter-library loan program.

The province announced the return of the popular service at the end of May, but with no additional funding from Queen's Park.

That is raising a red flag with Councillor Myles Murdock, who says books and other materials would be moved by mail or courier service from one library branch to another.

Murdock says library systems would then submit program expenses to the province once a year.

He says the inter-library loan program may be a form of government downloading, because municipalities and Counties would pay for moving materials between library branches.

Murdock says if that's the case, rural library systems would be hit the hardest because their financial resources are limited.

Councillor Glen McNeil spoke with Huron-Bruce Tory MPP Lisa Thompson about the development recently, and she assured him that the province would pick up the tab.

Murdock says more discussion of the inter-library loan program is needed, and that Council needs to see some firm numbers from the Ford government.

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