INVERNESS — A Florida county commission will discuss whether to pay for a digital subscription to the New York Times, weeks after some commissioners voiced opposition to the plan, calling the paper “fake news.”

On Nov. 19, Citrus County Commissioners will decide whether to take the advice of library officials and spend $2,700 annually for a digital subscription to the paper.


In late October, commissioners discussed the issue but didn't vote. Commissioner Scott Carnahan said he would vote no and that he agreed with President Donald Trump on the matter. Trump has been a vocal critic of the paper.

Officials in a Central Florida county agreed to remove New York Times access for its library patrons, with one commissioner calling the newspaper "fake news" and citing his support for President Trump.

The library does have print copies of the paper.

Sandy Price, chair of the library advisory board, says offering digital subscriptions would allow county residents to read the paper for free in their homes.

"I am going to be voting no for this. Fake news," Commissioner Scott Carnahan said at the meeting, according to USA Today. "I agree with President Trump. I won't be voting for this. I don't want the New York Times in the county."

Trump has criticized the news media throughout his presidency, calling journalists “the enemy of the people.”

Tiffini Theisen of the Sentinel staff contributed to this report.