May 22, 2022

California: “San Jose Libraries Face $1 Million Budget Cut”

From the San Jose Spotlight:

The San Jose Public Library will lose more than $1 million in the upcoming budget year, leading to reduced hours and the elimination of dozens of full and part-time positions.

The move came in response to the city’s request to scale back on expenses due to the budget shortfall dealt by the coronavirus pandemic.

“We developed several scenarios,” San Jose Library Director Jill Bourne said in an email to San José Spotlight. “This one avoided layoffs by reducing vacancies and operating expenses only.”

A total of 79 vacant positions — an equivalency of nearly 28 full-time positions — will be eliminated under the plan, but no current employees will lose their jobs. Bourne said the eliminated positions mean the libraries need to reduce their hours by a proposed cutback of four hours per week at each of the 25 library branches across San Jose.

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