The Santa Clarita City Council is expected to consider taking the city’s library operations in-house when the council meets Tuesday.
The city established the Santa Clarita Public Library system in 2011, and its three libraries have been operated by a private contractor since that time.
If the council approves the plan, the libraries would be staffed by city employees beginning July 1.
Despite high marks and progress made toward meeting the city’s service expectations the first four years, “over the past two-and-a-half fiscal years, service has not met the city’s high expectations,” according to a city staff report.
Plus, new pensions caps for public employees that went into effect in California in 2012 make it “cost effective to operate and staff (the library system) with city employees,” the report states.
As a result of the changes, the city staff report estimates first-year cost savings of $393,931 if the city staffs the libraries with its own employees at the same level the contract provider, LSSI, has been operating under its current $3,388,409 contract.
“The City’s insourcing estimate includes a competitive pay and benefits structure to attract and retain talented public library professionals to provide Santa Clarita residents with high quality public library services,” the report states.