Library receives budget boost

  // Tuesday, 12 August 2014 21:04 //
Board grants $12K in additional funds
by bobby ardoin| Special to The Advocate

OPELOUSAS The president of the Opelousas Public Library says the facility is functioning on “the edge of poverty,” despite an additional $12,000 added to its operating budget Tuesday night by the Board of Aldermen.

Estelle Perrault, who also serves as president for the Eunice Public Library, said the additional money approved for the Opelousas library will probably raise wages for most of the workers there to about $7.50 an hour.

Nearly all of the 13 employees at the Opelousas branch have earned the hourly $7.25 minimum wage for the past several years, she said.

The library needs to have 21 workers to efficiently provide services, Perrault said, but there isn’t enough money in the budget to increase the staff.

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