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|Library Prepares 2014 Budget
|The Galesburg Public Library's Finance Committee met yesterday afternoon to begin reviewing its budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year.
With a bottom line of about 15-thousand dollars more than last year, the committee scrutinized the library's cost estimates before bringing it before the full board for final approval.
For the upcoming fiscal year, the Library is making several changes in preparation for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act - which will see many of its new regulations take effect in 2014.
Due to the increased costs, the Library at this time will be requesting about 100,000 additional dollars from the City through their property tax levy according to the discussion.
Library Director Harriet Zipfel says she had to make a choice between costs and service.
"We thought about the future, thinking okay, do we reduce our cost and just have more part time employees, or do we make them full time and have what we hope is better employees and better service, and that's what I opted to do."
Starting Monday, some of the Library's "32-hour per week" employees will be bumped up to "80-hours per pay period".
The committee suggested asking further questions of the City about the Library's IMRF contributions - which were called somewhat high at 13-percent.
Committee members also discussed the possibility of introducing a policy for the regulation annual pay increases to better predict personnel costs.
After the committee reviews the budget with any potential alterations, it will be presented to the full board, likely in October.
|08 29 13 by Newsroom
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