Libraries, pools, and community centers could face cuts with new budget

(WMC-TV) As the Memphis City Council tries to balance the budget, some libraries are facing the possibility of being permanently shut down. Community centers and city pools could also experience some slicing and dicing.

There are seven Memphis libraries that could be permanently closed. One library, the Highland Branch Library, already closed in November.

But now, six more libraries could go under Memphis Mayor A C Wharton's proposed budget: Crossitt, Poplar-White Station, Levi and Gaston Park branches, as well as two others that are still unidentified.

The administration says the closures could save more than $1.5 million.

The cuts may not stop there.

City pools and community centers may lose a day on their schedules.

The budget calls for community centers to close on Saturdays, which would save more than $660,000.

City pool schedules would also lose a day and be open Tuesday through Sunday, rather than Monday through Saturday, as they are now.

The Whitehaven Golf Course could also see a cut, saving the city an estimated $420,000.

There is talk of a buyer for the Highland Avenue Library branch property, which could save some of the libraries.

But as for right now, all of the proposed cuts are still on the table.

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