Posted on January 28, 2022 at 2:21 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The mayor of a Mississippi town wans to withhold money from the local library because of patron complaints about certain books.

The Associated Press reports that the library system's director says Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee pointed to books with LGBTQ characters, though the mayor, in a statement, would only call the material "inappropriate for children."

The good news? The Ridgeland Board of Aldermen told a local TV station that the city budget — including the $110,000 for the library — was approved last fall and that McGee doesn't have the authority to unilaterally deny the funding.

Tonja Johnson, executive director of the Madison County Library System, said her board will request a public hearing to request clarification on the issue — and to receive the funds.

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