Worcester-Area Colleges May Give Library Financial Boost

Source: Norman Oder, Library Journal, November 11, 2008

As compensation for municipal services, Worcester, MA, city officials are considering funneling money from area colleges to the public library as branches prove the largest allure for drawing people to the downtown area.

City officials in Worcester, MA, may have come up with a novel way to support public libraries in a time of shrinking municipal budgets: ask local colleges. The presence of several tax-exempt colleges in the city has prompted perennial debate about requiring the institutions to provide compensation for municipal services via payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs). Now, according to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, there may be a middle ground, via the libraries.

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