CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. — Citrus County Commissioners will once again consider funding a digital subscription to the New York Times in county libraries.
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The November 19 meeting comes after controversial comments that sparked a lot of debate online.
In the October 24 meeting, Commissioner Scott Carnahan referred to the publication as "fake news" and said he would oppose paying $2,700 for digital subscription.
Commissioners didn't vote on the library's request but decided not to discuss it further during the meeting. Meanwhile, the county's Library Advisory Committee is meeting Thursday to further discuss the idea.
In the weeks since, county leaders say they've been contacted by thousands of people across the country.
Josh Wooten, President of the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce, said he's concerned the comments will give people a negative view of the county and impact tourism, especially with the county's popular manatee season starting soon.
This week, Commissioner Brian Coleman told Spectrum Bay News 9's Kim Leoffler they plan on taking up another resolution and want to "reconsider digital subscription to New York Times in lieu of print version and authorize Chairman to execute the necessary agreement."
Reportedly, going digital and getting rid of paper will be more cost effective.