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Towns Find Ways To Give To Library And Get Something Back

Five towns in Mecklenburg County have agreed to pitch in money to the libraries this year to help offset county budget cuts. But it's not a straight donation. For Cornelius it's also a strategic move. The town has agreed to give $175,000 if the county hands over the land where its library sits. Mayor Jeff Tarte says that agreement would protect the library if budgets get tighter. "We did not want to see this building sold and either become a convenience store or torn down and become a CATS parking lot. This way we ensure it remains a library," says Tarte. Mint Hill is asking the county to give land for a park in exchange for library money. Matthews and Davidson have agreed to give their branches a break on rent. Huntersville is making an in-kind contribution. County commissioners are scheduled to vote on those agreements tonight.