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Sculpture for Georgia Library Has City Council Flustered

Magazine article American Libraries

Sculpture for Georgia Library Has City Council Flustered

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Although the Muscogee County (Ga.) Library Board had agreed on purchasing a metal sculpture for the new Columbus Public Library last October, it wasn't until a photo of the 35-foot, free-standing abstraction appeared in the May 27 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer that citizens began complaining to city council. Some said the $250,000 price tag was too high; others said the library should have chosen a local artist instead of Albert Paley of Rochester, New York; still others thought the decision to spend that much tax money should have had some public input.

At its June 14 meeting, the city council recommended that the library investigate using private funds instead of tax dollars for the sculpture. However, the library board voted July 18 to return the matter to the council, asking the body to release $250,000 in sales tax funds for the purchase, the Ledger-Enquirer reported July 19. Then, in a 9-1 vote July 19 the council again refused to release the moneys and criticized the library board for holding private meetings and for failing to take bids on the sculpture, according to the July 20 Ledger-Enquirer. …

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