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County librarian to leave during push to extend funds tax

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Francisco Pinneli, Nevada County1s librarian since 1997, will soon head south to take over Santa Maria1s municipal libraries.

Pinneli, 53, has been offered and accepted the position of city librarian, Santa Maria City Manager Tim Ness confirmed Thursday.

Pinneli, a native San Franciscan who has a master1s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara, said he plans to start his new job in late September.

He and his family like the Santa Maria area, Pinneli said. He is also looking forward to working with the city1s large Hispanic community, he added.

Terry McAteer, Nevada County1s superintendent of schools, heads a committee that is seeking to extend the 1998 sales tax increase to fund the county1s libraries.

3I1m sorry to see him go,² McAteer said Thursday. 3He did a great job.²

McAteer said the issue now is to find a top-notch librarian.

Elaine Channel, president of Friends of the Library, said Pinneli supported her group, which raises money for the library. 3We just found him to be a very good leader,² she said.

Christine Humphries, the county1s senior personnel analyst, said the county librarian1s salary ranges from $54,384 to $66,396 a year.

The Santa Maria1s librarian salary ranges from $77,256 to $93,912 a year, Ness said.

Santa Maria has four municipal libraries. Nevada County has seven libraries, including two satellite libraries in Penn Valley and at Bear River High School.

The 1998 library tax added one-eighth of a cent to the local sales tax.

The county1s library system budget is now $2.1 million, Pinneli said.

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