JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A rally is planned at city hall Tuesday to try and save some of Jacksonville's libraries.
Six branches are slated to close under Mayor Alvin Brown's budget plan for the upcoming fiscal year.
Without service reductions, Jacksonville will have a more than $60 million shortfall.
One way to close the gap without raising taxes, Brown argues, is to close six library branches.
They include Beaches, San Marco, University, Maxville, Brentwood and Willowbranch.
But opponents of the plan argue the libraries are needed to promote literacy to those who need it.
They believe the branches provide community meeting spaces, polling places for elections and jobs.
On Tuesday, July 23 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., a rally will be held outside city hall to try and send a message to leaders that they should keep the libraries open.
Anyone is welcome to attend and signs are encouraged.
First Coast News