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New State Budget Forces Libraries To Cut Hours, Employee Pay

Columbus Metropolitan Library is cutting operating hours and employee pay in order to adjust to an $8.5 million decrease in state funding.

Starting September 6th, all locations will be on the same schedule Monday through Saturday, meaning most libraries are cutting total hours. And all system libraries - except the Main Library -- will be closed on Sundays. Columbus Metropolitan Library Executive Director Patrick Losinski says the Board of Trustees looked at patron usage before deciding where to cut hours.

"We have kept open our busiest times and our busiest days, so in that regard I think we made the best choice among many undesirable options," says Losinski.

While the system did avoid layoffs, the Board approved 5 percent pay cuts for salaried workers and 10 percent cuts in hours for hourly workers.

Losinski says the system is not planning to ask voters for more money until their current levy expires in November 20-10.