Selectman Questions Handling Of Bequest To Library

SOUTHBURY, Conn. (AP) _ A Southbury official is questioning the management of a $1 million gift to the local library, saying the town– not the library– should control the money.

The Republican-American reports  that First Selectman Ed Edelson says Southbury has failed to follow state law requiring monetary gifts to a public library to be received, held and managed by the town’s fiscal office.

Library board members say town officials may not instruct them how to spend the money, which has grown to $1.8 million. The initial bequest last year was from the estate of Lu Burke, a Southbury resident and retired copy editor at The New Yorker who died in 2010.

Library directors say the money is for purchases beyond the $1.2 million budgeted by the town for salaries, maintenance, books and other expenses.
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Information from: Republican-American, http://www.rep-am.com

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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