Tuesday, the Inyo Supervisors will consider restructuring of the County Library and Museum departments.
Members of the public continue to return to the fact that County officials approved more than $2 million in employee raises without the funds available to pay for them. The County Administrator maintained that the workers were due these increases. In the wake of all that, officials now look hard at how to save dollars to balance the budget. The latest proposal comes from Deputy County Administrator Pam Hennarty. She proposes four options – one of which would eliminate either the Library or the Museum Director with one of them overseeing Libraries and Museums. This items were scheduled to come up at 1:15pm.
Library Director Nancy Masters has two of her own recommendations – one would spend $167,000 more than last year when the County reduced her employee budget by 27%. This “roadmap” plan for full-coverage staffing includes updated job duties, titles and pay. The Librarian’s second “budget plan” would make no savings but no more costs, even with updated job duties, titles and pay increases for all staff. There would be a reduction of 22 hours per week, although it would abide by an MOU with the County Superintendent of Schools to keep the Libraries open one or two nights per week with extended hours Saturday. The Museum cost of just over $200,000 per year would stay the same.
The Deputy CAO then presents four Service Redesign options, which all include Library closure on Mondays. The first option would keep 2013-2014 funding levels the same and begin to reorganize the Library and Museum departments with employees who could work for both departments. This plan would save $6600 out of Libraries. The Museum cost would stay the same. Officials would work with the unions to cross-train employees to cover both Libraries and the Museum.
Service Redesign Options Two and Three would further reduce staff and combine duties of Library and Museum with new or existing workers. These options would cause Museum hours to be reduced from seven to five days per week. Option two would save $87,000. Option three would save $47,000. Option Two would cut costs in the Library and Museum. Option Three would cut the Library but add money to Museums.
Option Four would combine the Library and Museum Departments and do away with one of the Directors. This option would save $147,000. Librarian Nancy Masters points to the growing importance of library services for access to the internet and educational opportunities that otherwise would not be available to a number of citizens. In hard economic times, people rely more on the libraries for education and information. She also pointed to the importance of the Museum and its documentation of Owens Valley history and availability to the public.
Libraries are great, and in the spirit of Ray Bradbury I can also say they have shaped my life. My iphone is nothing compared to a great novel. Whenever someone says books are dead it makes me happy they know not of what they speak.
Where is the cuts to law enforcement. They have the biggest budget of tax dollars. a small cut to them would be a big cut to any other group.
Tim: Cost of iPhone: ~$425 Cost of service: ~$100 per month Cost of iPad : ~$380 Cost of printer: ~$ 80 plus cost of ink and paper Cost of access: ~$ 70 per month Cost of e-book: ~$ 8 each Cost of book or download of e-book from the library:… Read more »
Nothing at the library is free to tax paying citizens.
Our overly taxed income pays for the library and such.
Many schools are providing tablets and laptops to students.
WiFi access can be cheaply or freely accessed.
Close the costly,smelly, out of date library.
timtraynor: Exactly how much tax do you pay to support libraries in Inyo and/or Mono Counties? Exactly how much? And do you think all the alternatives you listed: tablets, laptops, wifi are free?
You seem to have a grudge against libraries. I won’t ask why.
Last time I was at the library there was just a bunch of weirdo’s surfing dating and porn sites
Bob: Sounds like a weird town you live in.
Crowley Lake Library
Well the Library will be closed when you need to use it so you had better get the checkbook out and buy all those things listed.
Within all of the communities I have lived over my few short years, the local Library has been a center of our community and in Markleeville with Music on the Lawn fund raisers for the Friends of the Library, many children’s and family activities and so many understated and positive… Read more »
Looks like once again the most vulnerable and economically disadvantaged are going to take another hit. Library users are often those who don’t have any other means to access the internet or read a newspaper. We should be directing more money into our library and museum instead of increasing the… Read more »
Sunoma hit on some very interesting new world topics. With internet and cell phones taking over our home, jobs and schools, it is almost a crime not to proved all kids with access to at least the internet. I have family in another state and their kids have no use… Read more »
I have lived in the area for over 25 years and did not know there were museums that
Inyo County operated.
I carry a library in my pants–it is called an iPhone.
I have a bigger library in my backpack– it is called an iPad.
timtraynor: The great thing about books is that they don’t need batteries, webaccess or cell phone towers to work.
Yes; and Amazon and the NSA know exactly what books you’ve read on your little energy-sucking gizmos.
Viva les livres papier!
And could someone more clever than I please make a joke about someone having a library in his/her pants?
I have lived in Bishop for over 27 years now. One of the first places I went to check out after getting settled was the library. I cannot imagine a city without having access to knowledge and help that a library provides. This is where children are introduced to the… Read more »
I wonder how many people in the private sector deserve a raise as much as Inyo Employees feel they deserve a raise? I don’t think it would work for them to vote themselves raises and force the boss to cut services thereby reducing profit. Only in the public sector does… Read more »
The county leadership is a joke. They first create the problem with a raises for everyone, then they cut services, raise fees, proposed/partner with the city of Bishop for tax increase. Now the County wants to layoff workers and at the same time increase the wages for top earners. You… Read more »
Service redesign = cut in services
Service redesign should entail more service less cost . As an example the Landfill redesign situation has worked out to be less service more cost . Bob has nailed it. The way we are going with all this service redesign is public relations road apples piled higher then the Sierra… Read more »
I know this is and will be an unpopular comment, but it is 2014, we no longer NEED a library. Yes, we should keep the museum. As taxpayers, we need to look at the cost and benefit. The cost is over 400,000 dollars a year for the libraries in our… Read more »
Taxpayer: You probably don’t need a library. But there are a lot of people who still like to read. I couldn’t afford to buy all the books I read. Eventually, our local libraries will be a distributor for eBooks and eBook readers. But books still hold a charm and an… Read more »