Library to lay off employees following funding cut approval

Published: Nov. 10, 2022 at 6:46 PM CST
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) – A Northeast Arkansas library will now see some major changes following the approval of a funding cut petition.

According to Vanessa Adams, director of the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library, said they will lay employees off at the end of the year.

The announcement comes after citizens in Craighead County and the city of Jonesboro voted on Tuesday, Nov. 8, to reduce library funding from 2 mills to 1 mill from real and personal property taxes supporting the library’s operation.

Adams said the layoffs will likely impact three to five positions, but those positions have not been identified. She added they may also have to reduce hours.

With this move, she said the goal would be to keep all branches open.

Previously, Adams said if the funding were cut in half, they would be forced to close their doors.

Region 8 News will continue to follow this story for new details.