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Nevada County: Fate of cash-strapped libraries could be known in two weeks

Dave Moller
Sun News Service

GRASS VALLEY, Calif. and#8212; The fate of Nevada Countyand#8217;s cash-strapped libraries could go before the Board of Supervisors at the paneland#8217;s Feb. 23 meeting, County Executive Officer Rick Haffey said.

and#8220;The staff committee is currently going over the other committeeand#8217;s recommendations,and#8221; Haffey said.

By bringing a recommendation to the supervisors on Feb. 23, the county could meet its self-imposed deadline of April 1 to get a library management plan in place, he added.

The county staff committee is the third group to weigh in on the issue and will make a final recommendation to the supervisors.

Staff committee members include Assistant County Executive Officer Laura Matteson, Deputy County Executive Officer Joe Christoffel, Chief Information Officer Steve Monaghan, County Librarian Mary Ann Trygg and Purchasing Agent Mary Ross.

Two other committees have rejected Haffeyand#8217;s idea, which he proposed in October, to outsource library management services to a private firm.

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Haffey tendered the plan as a way to deal with plunging tax revenues that have jeopardized the existence of the six county libraries. He has predicted a $400,000 deficit by June and as much as $2 million by 2013 unless something is changed, or tax revenues rebound swiftly.

Last month, the Library Management Model Committee of elected officials and residents rejected the only private management proposal, from Library Systems and Services of Germantown, Md.

The model committee recommended two options to the supervisors that would cut staff hours, save the literacy program and keep all six libraries open.

Under those options, the Doris Foley Historical Research Library would be run by the western countyand#8217;s Friends of the Library.