MILLINOCKET, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Millinocket Town Council has decided to put some money back into the town budget for the public library.
The budget they took up late Thursday afternoon included more than $200,000 in cuts. The largest share of the proposed cuts, about $80,000 was the entire yearly budget for the public library. That money pays the staff and keeps the lights on for 15 hours each week.
Members of the Friends of the Millinocket Memorial Library offered a compromise. They aksed the town to contribute $30,000 which they would need to match with $30,000. They've collected $20,000 so far.
"To me it's the heart of the community. for me it's very emotional," explained Bernie Friel, a member of the Friends of Millinocket Memorial Library.