Eight half-time library staff were laid off in the first of what are expected to be further staff reductions. The library system now has 28 vacant or frozen positions, including part-time and full-time staff. The system has about 90 workers.
The terminations come as the 50-year-old library system faces budget cuts, like the rest of Collier County government, as a result of state legislative mandates imposed on local governments.
Collier County commissioners already voted to cut the fiscal 2008 budget by $44.2 million.
To help offset the revenue loss, the county implemented a hiring freeze, eliminated several positions and is offering a voluntary separation plan for eligible employees.
According to county staff, there now are 256 vacant or frozen positions on the county manager’s staff, or more than 12 percent of the total workforce.
from Naples Daily News