Two more public hearings have been scheduled regarding the Douglas County Library.
The hearings, set for Wednesday January 4th and Wednesday April 5th, will be in room 216 of the Douglas County Courthouse. Both meetings begin at 9:00 a.m.
According to a state statute, public hearings are required prior to abolishing or withdrawing support from public libraries.
The statute reads “No governing body which has established a public library under the laws of this state shall abolish or withdraw support for such library without first holding at least two public hearings on the matter at least 90 days apart. The governing body shall give public notice of the public hearing in a newspaper of general circulation in the area for two successive weeks at least 30 days prior to the first hearing.”
The Douglas County Commissioners have directed the Library Director to analyze three alternatives for system operations through June 30th, 2017.
Those options include:
Operating with current hours and staff through June 30th. This option will require a Board of Commissioners budget adjustment.
Operating at current level of hours and staff for 90 days and then tapering down operations to a closure on June 30th or transition to a different organization on that date.
Operating within the current budget and begin immediate layoffs.
Commissioners will be briefed on the three short-term alternatives after the New Year holiday and make a tentative decision at the scheduled January 11th Board of Commissioners meeting.
Public comment is encouraged on long-term solutions to the library system funding crisis.
For those that cannot attend either of the upcoming meetings, we have provided a series of email address to submit public comment to.