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Supporting our local libraries, museum

January 24, 2014
The Alpena News

Like many in this area, I am proud to live in a town that supports the local library. The support of Libraries, Museums, and schools tell a lot about a community. Cultural opportunities make our community a destination for visitors and residents of Northeast Michigan. The tax dollars that are given to the public library provide services and maintain a public building. That got me thinking, "How is Besser Museum funded?" I was surprised and somewhat saddened to hear that this public facility was not given any tax dollars. It does receive an annual stipend from the Besser Foundation but that's barely enough to cover utilities and maintenance. To the credit of the loyal employees and the Board of Trustees they have tried to survive and provide quality exhibits for thousands of visitors without asking for a millage vote.



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