Quantcast

Library Budget Cuts Could Effect Internet Access for Many - KOAM TV 7

Library Budget Cuts Could Effect Internet Access for Many

Updated:
PINEVILLE, MISSOURI - After withholding millions in appropriated funds over the past fiscal year, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon looks to cut state aid to public libraries.

In McDonald County, library officials are preparing to cut back, but are afraid how that might affect access to not only books.. But the internet.

One library patron, Fran, goes to the McDonald County Public Library almost daily.  

She needs the free wifi.

"Job hunting. I check my email all the time, constantly. I have to stay in touch that way," Fran said. "And I download my tax forms. All kinds of stuff."

She's not the only one.  

In McDonald County, one of the state's poorest counties, the library has it's fair share of regulars who need access to high-speed internet.

"So many more people are coming in now that can't afford high speed at home," McDonald County Library Director Carrie Cline said. "And you need fiber now. You need these huge connections no matter where you're at cause our patrons max it out every day."

It's one of many resources Cline is afraid will be effected by proposed cuts in state aid to libraries.

"[state funding] pays a huge chunk of our internet connectivity each month. Which the smaller you are, the more you need that. Cause that can be very pricey," Cline said.

McDonald County faces a total loss of $30,000 dollars to it's three libraries.  

Cline fears the cuts could force the library to limit hours of operation and cause an inability to keep up with IT costs.

Something which Fern believes will disproportionately impact the state's poor.

"I think it's a tremendous concern," Fern said. "If you take the internet away you're just gonna make the situation a lot worse. It's gonna exacerbate everybody's issues. And it's very difficult to get a job in this country. In this day and age, can't do it without the internet."

The Missouri House has passed legislation adding $3.1 million to a library grant program, but the governor still has the opportunity to veto it.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Pittsburg Says Casino Money Is Helping in Multiple Ways

    Pittsburg Says Casino Money Is Helping in Multiple Ways

    Friday, June 22 2018 7:28 PM EDT2018-06-22 23:28:02 GMT

    The city of Pittsburg has published its 5 year financial forecast, and it appears things are looking up. According to that forecast, the Kansas Crossing Casino deserves a good deal of credit. 

    More >>

    The city of Pittsburg has published its 5 year financial forecast, and it appears things are looking up. According to that forecast, the Kansas Crossing Casino deserves a good deal of credit. 

    More >>
  • Worker is Electrocuted and Injured in Southeast Kansas

    Worker is Electrocuted and Injured in Southeast Kansas

    Friday, June 22 2018 5:57 PM EDT2018-06-22 21:57:29 GMT

    The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office is working an accident on Highway 66 east of Riverton, Kansas. According to Sheriff Groves, a road construction worker from KDOT was taken to a Joplin hospital with what he believes to be non-life threatening injuries after being electrocuted today (June 22, 2018). Both lanes of traffic are closed while Empire crews make sure the area is safe. The Cherokee County EMS and Galena Fire Department are also on scene. KDOT is working on an ...

    More >>

    The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office is working an accident on Highway 66 east of Riverton, Kansas. According to Sheriff Groves, a road construction worker from KDOT was taken to a Joplin hospital with what he believes to be non-life threatening injuries after being electrocuted today (June 22, 2018). Both lanes of traffic are closed while Empire crews make sure the area is safe. The Cherokee County EMS and Galena Fire Department are also on scene. KDOT is working on an ...

    More >>
  • Child Advocacy Center to Get New Facility

    Child Advocacy Center to Get New Facility

    Friday, June 22 2018 9:46 PM EDT2018-06-23 01:46:31 GMT

    Workers level the ground on a piece of property that will change hundreds of kids' lives "We staff all of the child abuse and molestation cases in Ottawa County. We prosecute them through the district attorney's office" says Leslie Bissell, the director of the Child Advocacy Center of Ottawa County.  The current facility is about 800 square feet. The new facility will be around 2,800 feet which they anticipate will help with the growing case load.  "...

    More >>

    Workers level the ground on a piece of property that will change hundreds of kids' lives "We staff all of the child abuse and molestation cases in Ottawa County. We prosecute them through the district attorney's office" says Leslie Bissell, the director of the Child Advocacy Center of Ottawa County.  The current facility is about 800 square feet. The new facility will be around 2,800 feet which they anticipate will help with the growing case load.  "...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.