Town of Brooklyn leaders are tightening the purse strings on a variety of requests:

— Donate $10,000 toward the Highway 23 bike path? No.

— Donate $10,000 toward the new roof at the shared Caestecker Public Library? No.

— Sign an agreement to pay half the library’s annual maintenance budget? No.

On each of those questions Tuesday, Town Board members voted 5-0 not to partake.

Town supervisors cited a tight budget for not contributing to the bike path or library roof. In contrast, the city of Green Lake is contributing tens of thousands to both those initiatives, using room tax funds for the bike path contribution.

The third item — the proposed city-town maintenance agreement for the shared library — drew significant Town Board discussion before being rejected as well. The proposal was waiting for town approval, having already been approved by city leaders. Read the full story in the Nov. 12, 2009, issue of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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