Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Buena Park Library Reduces Budget Without Reducing Service

On Tuesday, February 3, the Buena Park Library District Board of Trustees approved the last of a series of mid-year budget reductions. These reductions are necessary due to reduced revenues during the current economic crisis.
“We have concentrated on making adjustments that would not reduce the hours we are open or the services we provide,” stated Board President Bob Niccum. This included a decision by the Library Board to reduce employee benefits and to require that employees take four regularly scheduled holidays without pay in the next fiscal year as well as the remaining two holidays in this fiscal year (President’s Day and Memorial Day). These budget cutting decisions began with a special meeting of the Board on January 20.

“As the economy worsens the busier we get at the Library,” reports Library Director Louise Mazerov. “People need us more than ever as they cope with job losses and reduced income. The Library provides resources that can be used to update resumes, improve interview skills and identify potential employers. People also come in for books, CDs and DVDs for relaxation and entertainment. In addition the Library has programs for children and teens that are free.”

“The Board deeply regrets having to reduce pay and benefits for our employees, because they are the most valuable resource our library has,” Niccum added. “But we chose cuts that best balance service to our patrons and fairness to our staff.

The Library’s schedule and additional information can be found at www.buenaparklibrary.org. Please contact the Library Director at 714-826-4100 x121 with any questions.

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