“We’ve encouraged (Pulaski County Library Director Charlotte Keeney) strongly to cut expenses in any way possible, including employees,” said Wilson. “People are working there for very little money. They’re not getting rich by being there, they’re there because they really want to be there. We’ve cut (budgets for) office supplies, electricity, ... We went through a period where we didn’t even by the normal amount of books.
“A lot of people don’t realize how much money it takes to keep all the branches open,” she added (there are five facilities including the main branch, plus the Bookmobile). “We’ve got to make sure all the services get to people. ... I don’t think that one dollar a year extra for the library services is too much. One dollar won’t even buy you a cup of coffee at most places in town.”
Wilson also pointed out that library board members are not paid for that position, saying that she’s heard statements made suggesting the contrary, even that they’ve given themselves a raise — an impossibility, said Wilson.
“Personally, I feel like we’re doing everything we can to make sure we’re good stewards of the taxpayers’ money,” she said.
Many Pulaski County Public Library supporters were outraged when Sanders’ demands were posted in the “Save the Pulaski County Library” Facebook group.
“We think the library is fine. I don't want someone like Barb Sanders being part of the board, nor threatening to close the library because she can't have her way,” said Craig Brunson. “The only thing Barb has done with the library is challenge the tax for some reason. There is nothing wrong with the way things are currently ... other than some people getting upset over $1 (in additional taxes). A "legal" board? Please. I guess following state law isn't legal.”