January 28, 2022

Indiana: Muncie Public Library to Cut Hours and Staff

From The Star-Press (Muncie, IN):

MPL Director Virginia Nilles on Tuesday announced that, in order to trim $400,000 from its expenditures this year, the library would lay off a still-to-be-determined number of employees and, consequently, reduce hours at the two main branches

Though the number of layoffs is still not set, they will come from the ranks of MPL’s 43 full-time employees, Nilles said.


“We have to trim $400,000 and the only way to do that is through personnel,” the library director said in a phone interview. The library system gets some funding from fines and fees and from County Option Income Tax, but “the bulk of our funding is property tax.” The library’s net tax levy for 2013 is $2.5 million, well below the initial budget of $4.4 million.

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