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Save Our Middletown Branch Libraries

Complete this survey to save our Middletown Branch Libraries.

PLEASE COMPLETE THIS SURVEY AND FORWARD IT TO FRIENDS 
TO SAVE OUR MIDDLETOWN BRANCH LIBRARIES!
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HBCYCHM

Your presence is NEEDED at the following meetings to show how important the libraries are to our community.  Reserve these times, make a difference, and participate by being there.  Your children are welcome to come and learn about our government.

  • Monday, February 4, at 8pm : Middletown Township Committee meeting (Town Hall, 1 Kings Highway)
  • Tuesday, February 19, at 8pm : Middletown Township Committee meeting
  • Wednesday, February 20 at 7pm : Middletown Library Board of Trustees meeting  -- The Board will be voting on their 2013 budget.  The budget includes the closures of the branches.  WE NEED THEM TO VOTE NO! Remember, once the libraries are closed, they are gone FOREVER. 

On January 16, 2013, the Middletown Library Board of Trustees voted to close the three branch libraries at Bayshore, Lincroft, and Navesink due to an increase in expenses and a decrease in funding.  The closures will take place on March 1, 2013, unless a strategy to save the branches is developed by the community.  In an effort to obtain data about the value of the branches within the community each serves, a group of library supporters have developed the following survey.  Please complete the survey for each and all family members for the branch that you utilize.  The committee will compile the data and develop a proposal to present to the Library Board of Trustees. 

If you have any inquiries or would like to help support our efforts, send an email to us at:

saveourbranches@gmail.com 

Thank You!
Michael Winchell (Navesink), Melanie Elmiger (Lincroft), and Bernadette Massey (Bayshore) 

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world."  -  Margaret Mead

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Joe February 03, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Right bd. Look at it as an intervention. A mind is a terrible thing to waste. Just trying to educate the poor waifs before it's too late.
bd February 03, 2013 at 03:38 PM
LOL--and humor too---careful their little heads don't explode............
Patrick JAmes February 03, 2013 at 04:55 PM
The Township took money from TOMSA. They could of taken more if they didn't have to pay for the free health care benefits that they get for doing a part time job. 20 hours a month gets you thousand of dollars in free health care. BTW, not a dem. I am a taxpayer. Do you think they deserve free Health Care.
Pilgrim February 04, 2013 at 08:35 PM
TOMSA has everything to do with the Township budget: the Sewerage Authority fees come from Middletown taxpayers, the same people that support the budget with property taxes -- all part of the cost of running the Township. And, over the last three years TOMSA fees, over $1,000,000, have been transfered to the Township Committee to plug holes in the budget. The Township Committee's financial mismangement of our property taxeswas is so extensive that the money from TOMSA wasn't enough. So, they Committee went after the Public Library surplus, which has placed the library in the dire financial situation it is in today. The TOMSA board is appointed by the Township Committee that keeps reappointing board members that are eligible for healthcare and pensions -- Tom Stokes, who lives in Florida six months a year, is entitled to healthcare and a pension. The same is true for former mayors Pat Parkinson and Joan Smith. Doing away with the Sewerage Authority doesn't do away with the sewerage operation, nor the revenue received from fees. Making it part of the Public Works department would eliminate the costs associated with the Sewerage Authority board. By-the-way,our fees are low because the population that uses the sewerage operation is large; the numbers would be even lower if the gross fee dollars were not paying for unnecessaary Authority healthcare and pensions. The local Republican pledge: "taxpayer dollars for Party patronage, we promise never to end it".
Patrick JAmes February 05, 2013 at 04:53 AM
Pilgrim Good job on the research. Way to look out for the taxpayers of Middletown. Joe. Try to get to one on the library's before they close them down and do a little research. Pilgrim ever think about running for office..

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