Tacoma Public Library announces two closures in 2021 to meet budget shortfall

Tacoma Public Library announces two closures in 2021 to meet budget shortfall
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TACOMA, Wash. — Tacoma Public Library announced two week-long closures in 2021 to meet a budget shortfall.

The closures will take place from Feb. 21-28 and Nov. 28-Dec. 5. A news release said that library usage is historically low during these times, minimizing impact to the public.

The city experienced a budget shortfall during the pandemic, and the library worked to find a way to meet its $1.2 million budget reduction.

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To make the reduction, library staff will takes two weeks of unpaid furlough in 2021 and 2022.

“By working closely with our union partners, we were able to create a plan for cost savings of $1.2 million without any layoffs or loss of library positions,” said Director Kate Larsen.

Larsen also said that the lowest-paid, part-time employees will not have a wage reduction, and higher-earning staff are taking an extra week or unpaid furlough to balance it out.