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Fri., July 26, 2013, 1:25 p.m.

Library budget raises concern

The proposed budget for the Community Library Network is raising Glen Seely's eyebrows.

Seely, one of the network's five board members, said he's concerned over a proposed 15 percent increase ($335,400) in total personnel costs.

Those include 2 to 7 percent raises for employees, an increase in hours for some workers and expanding benefits to where the network would pay for 25 percent of the health insurance cost for employee family members.

"We're jumping the moon on the total (personnel) line," Seely said. "We shouldn't be giving raises that can't be sustained in the coming years. Once you increase wages, it's very difficult to take them away.

"I'm going to ask the board if it will re-open the salary line again." Full story, Brian Walker, CdA Press

Do you think the 15% increase it out of line?




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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.