Note: Prince William County, VA is located in Northern Virginia near Washington D.C.
Could a plan to outsource some library operations save millions?
The majority of the members of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors want to find out. The Board approved issuing a request for proposals (RFP) from private companies who would bid on taking over the daily management operations of the county’s 11 library branches.
Gainesville District Supervisor Peter Candland said he’s “done homework” and spoken with such a company that could provide management services. The move could save as much as $15 million over the next five years, he added.
“How? We do not know. We have not seen that,” said Constance Gilman, director of the Prince William County Library System.
By the books, the Prince William County Public Library System employs 208 full-time positions. Many of those are part-time jobs. Last year, the library system’s adopted budget was $17.4 million, up 19% over the past five years.
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