County to explore privatized libraries
Senior Staff Writer
Residents pleaded Tuesday with the Nevada County Supervisors to not privatize the library system management, but the board voted to obtain proposals to do so anyway.
The supervisors said the proposals would provide them the information they need to save the library system and they would not implement a private proposal they don’t like.
Board members and county officials said the county would still own the six libraries and their collections and that a private firm would merely run day-to-day operations.
County Librarian Mary Ann Trygg offered a $400,300 cut to the libraries 2010-2011 budget to meet a growing deficit caused by plunging sales tax revenues.
That alternative was rejected because it didn’t meet the overall service levels demanded by the public and the Board of Supervisors, according to County Executive Officer Rick Haffey.
The board plans to establish a blue-ribbon committee to also come up additional ideas and alternatives. Haffey said he would like to have a contract in force by next spring, if that’s they way the board eventually chooses to go.
For the full story, see Wednesday’s edition of The Union.
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