HOPKINTONâ€• Even though the town council would like to give more money to the town's two libraries, the state-mandated â€śmaintenance of effortâ€ť makes increases fiscally risky. If the town were to add to its library funding, it would be required to maintain that level in future years regardless of unpredictable budgetary shifts.
â€śThe 'maintenance of effort' says you cannot give any less than you gave the prior year. Once you give, you cannot take away. It's a permanent increase,â€ť said Council President Frank Landolfi at Monday night's council meeting.
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