July 14, 2013 12:09 AM

Eagle editorial: Library not essential?

Nine frustrating years into the effort to build a new Central Library, the Wichita City Council effectively said last week that a public library is not an essential public service worthy of tax dollars. That’s a historic change for the city, and a big challenge for the library boosters newly expected to come up with $29 million on their own. It also might have been the council’s only choice for now, however, if the city’s debt load is as critical as city officials are saying.

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