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Payroll, hours reductions to begin Monday at Nevada County libraries

Kyle Magin
Sun News Service

NEVADA COUNTY, Calif. and#8212; Plans to slash hours and employees at Nevada Countyand#8217;s libraries have been released. The cuts come in response to a $400,000 deficit the library is facing.

and#8220;The library is cutting back to meet the hard times weand#8217;re in,and#8221; said Nevada County Librarian Mary Ann Trygg.

The library is cutting 2.8 full-time positions, which means one employee will be eliminated while others move from full-time positions into part-time positions, Trygg said.

The current library budget of around $2.5 million has almost $1.8 million in salaries and benefits for 21 employees and#8212; or 72 percent of the operating costs.

Beginning Monday, April 5, the library will slash hours at its Madelyn Helling (Nevada City), Royce (Grass Valley) and Truckee locations.

In Truckee the library will shorten its hours of operation from 40 to 38 hours per week, opening at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, instead of 10 a.m. It will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays.

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The Helling library will drop from 40 hours a week of operation to 37, and will now open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Fridays instead of opening at 10 a.m. Its 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. hours Monday and Thursday will stay the same.

The Grass Valley Library will drop from 40 hours per week to 35. Tuesday service will shorten from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. to 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, the library will close at 5 p.m. instead of 6 p.m.