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Proposed Butte County budget makes cuts to jobs, libraries

The Chico branch of the Butte County Library system.

Reduced spending in Butte County's new proposed budget would mean cutting hours for some county libraries, and eliminating job positions within the county.

Sixty-one job positions would be eliminated under the proposed budget, but the vast majority are not currently held by anyone.

Butte County Supervisor Steve Lambert, along with other county supervisors, approved consideration for the new budget at a Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday morning.

Lambert said the cuts to the jobs and libraries are not as severe as they sound.

"We really try hard to keep the libraries open and do what we can," Lambert said. "But when it comes into general fund stuff, do we take away library hours or do we take away fire houses or sheriff deputies, DA's, you know those kind of things."

Only one of the 61 jobs proposed for elimination is actually occupied, according to the Butte County Board of Supervisors.

The budget will be discussed and voted on at the Butte County Board of Supervisors meeting on June 26.

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