Los Alamos County budget hearings continued on Monday with long discussions on various items. Council tentatively approved several changes to the proposed budget, which must be confirmed when the entire budget comes to a vote.
The final budget hearing is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. today in council chambers.
The Community Services Department was the first item on Monday’s agenda, carried over from last week.
Director Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan and her staff returned with answers to councilors’ questions.
Staff had proposed closing the library an hour earlier Monday through Thursday and on the four holidays it currently remains open: Martin Luther King Day, Presidents’ Day, Veterans’ Day and the day after Thanksgiving.
The closures would have saved $20,800 for the evening hours and $3,600 for the holidays, a total of $24,400.
Reduced hours were proposed in lieu of further cuts to collections, which would place Los Alamos below the standard set by the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences, which is 11-12 percent of budget.
Collections funding has been cut by $30,725 over the last three years.