Frazier Park, CA (Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.)—The budget plan for Frazier Park Library remained intact as last proposed (maintaining the 7% budget cut, in line with other departments). At today’s meeting, recorded calls from Frazier Park residents Bob Mills and G. Rick were played in session for the supervisors to hear—eloquent pleas championing continued funding for the library. The board voted in a unanimous 5-0 decision to adopt the budget as previously discussed, which includes continued funding of Frazier Park Library.
Frazier Park, CA (Monday, Aug. 24, 2020 at 8:30 a.m.)—On Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020 at 9 a.m. the Kern County Board of Supervisors will open a public hearing that will culminate in casting their final votes for the 2020-2021 annual budget. This year has demonstrated that one of the most at-risk services in this county is its library system. The supervisors began their budget votes on July 30 by agreeing to massive cuts in the library budget, that would reduce the county library system to 7 branches. At one time it had 30 branches. Public response to that vote was passionate. The supervisors reversed their decision, they said. But citizens were warned that things can always change at the last minute.
The Frazier Park Branch Library has been a mecca of cultural activity and plain old fun for the entire Mountain Communities region. It is a joyful place that has become our community center. Talk with your friends and urge them to tune in on Tuesday morning. Sign up to be heard on behalf of our local library.
How to watch a Board of Supervisors meeting:
• Until further notice, the Board of Supervisors meetings will not be physically open to the public
• Options for watching a meeting include:
o Watching it on your cable television channel
o View the live video stream on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/KGOVTV
o View the live video stream at https://www.kerncounty.com/bos-meetings/ which includes access to the agenda and supporting documents for each agenda item
How to participate in a Board of Supervisors meeting:
The public has the right to comment on a specific agenda item or provide general public comment under Public Presentations.
Instructions for providing testimony or public comment via teleconference DURING the meeting:
• Callers must first register with the Clerk of the Board by calling (661) 868-3585 during normal business hours before the meeting begins to receive instructions and the call-in number and code.
• Please call by 5:00 PM the day before the meeting to allow ample time for sign up. You will need to provide your name, phone number and the item number you wish to address.
The Kern County Budget can be seen here.
—Patric Hedlund, TME Editor
This is part of the August 21, 2020 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.
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