Your Library Needs Your Help

The Wednesday, June 7 Sea Coast Echo contained an article detailing plans by the Hancock County Board of Supervisors to hold a public meeting on June 22 at 4 p.m. to discuss "a plan and new interlocal agreement" for our library system. We need your help!

As outlined in the article, this plan would decimate our library system. According to Board President Blaine LaFontaine, "The new proposal that we've gathered and look to obtain would ask for $1.7 million in funding the first year FY '18 and reduced to $1.5 million in FY '19," he said. "It would reduce the county millage appropriation from $1.3 million down to $1.075 million over a two-year period. Additionally, allowing the cities of Waveland and Bay St. Louis an opportunity with the schedule we've looked at to reducing their millage by one full mil over a two-year period."

The Board of Supervisors do not control the budgets of our cities. If Waveland and Bay St. Louis cut the funding for their libraries, this would mean huge reductions in services. Our world class library system would be a thing of the past.

Since there will be no public comments allowed at the meeting, now is the time to let your voices be heard. Contact your elected officials and let them know that you want our system to remain intact and growing. Plan to attend the meeting on June 22 and let your presence be your voice!

District 1 - David Yarborough - David.Yarborough@co.hancock.ms.us

District 2 - Greg Shaw - Greg.Shaw@co.hancock.ms.us

District 3 - Blaine LaFontaine - Blaine.LaFontaine@co.hancock.ms.us

District 4 - Scotty Adam - Scotty.Adam@co.hancock.ms.us

District 5 - Darrin Bo Ladner - DarrinBo.Ladner@co.hancock.ms.us