Grand Saline Public Library is in trouble

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Last summer, the Van Zandt County Commissioners voted to no longer fund our library.  The Grand Saline Public Library first started getting funding from Van Zandt County when O.D. Hazel was Commissioner.  The money coming to us came from the Precinct One budget until around two years ago.  At that time the Commissioner’s court determined that the money could not come out of our precinct’s budget because it had to be clear that the money coming to us was never road and bridge money.

  When this change was made no one at the library was informed that these changes were occurring.  For those two years, we continued to receive our monthly checks from the county because our funding was changed from the Precinct One Budget to the General Fund.  

Last May, we were contacted by someone working to try to get similar funding for the Van Community Library.  They had discovered that we received funding from the county and wanted to know how and why we received it.  As a safety measure, we decided that we should meet with County Judge Don Kirkpatrick about our funding since the summer months are when the county's budget for the following year is planned and approved.  

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