GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The board of commissioners of the Grand Rapids Public Library voted Tuesday to approve $500,000 in budget cuts, including the elimination of 14 positions.
Library leaders are working to balance the district's 2013 fiscal year budget. They blame reduced state and federal funding for the necessity of the cuts.
Officials say their choices came down to cutting staff positions or closing facilities. Most of the positions being cut are part-time posts.
"I feel like we did what we had to do," says library board member Ann Armstrong-Cusack. "I'm very sad that we are at the point that we have to attrition employees."
Union employees say they feel betrayed and disappointed with the board following its decision, as they say they have made concessions and offered suggestions on cutting costs without job losses.