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Baker County Library District Budget


S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Mom and son find good stories Thursday at the Baker County Library. Krista Carmiencke says she and Arlo, along with younger son Kai, come regularly to spend time in the children’s section.
S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Mom and son find good stories Thursday at the Baker County Library. Krista Carmiencke says she and Arlo, along with younger son Kai, come regularly to spend time in the children’s section.

By Chris Collins

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The Baker County Library District Board will consider a proposed 2014-15 budget that holds the line on employee raises and cuts $15,000 from the fund allocated to buy new materials when it meets June 16.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the library, 2400 Resort St.

The money-saving plan was introduced by Perry Stokes, library director, in his presentation to the library district’s budget committee during its May 21 meeting.

Stokes said the action is needed because of a 22-percent increase in health-care benefits for library employees, a total increase of $19,764. (Eleven of the 22 workers qualify for health-care benefits, Stokes said.)

Health-care costs had been rising 10 percent annually but did not increase last year, so this year’s double-hit was a catch-up expense, Stokes said.

See more in Friday's issue of the Baker City Herald. 

 
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