- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Library workers in Grand Rapids say plans to cut 18 jobs this summer will mean less service for area residents.

The Grand Rapids Press reports (http://bit.ly/Sg2XwY ) union members protested Tuesday in front of the Grand Rapids Public Library’s main branch. Librarian Marie Mulder, whose job is at risk, says she doesn’t think officials considered “creative solutions” to avoid job cuts.

James Botts, library board president, says the board didn’t want to close branches or cut hours.

The library this year faced a $914,000 budget deficit caused by decreasing revenue, mostly from declining revenue from taxes and the cost of benefits. An $11.1 million budget recommended by the library board replaces some jobs and cuts others.

The budget is up for approval June 10 by the City Commission.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, http://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids