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As New Jersey progresses into spring, more town, county and school district budget stories are making headlines.Most budgets are a source of angst. Red Bank Green reports that a reduction in the state-mandated amount that towns must allocate to public libraries has caused layoffs — and subsequent outrage — in Red Bank.
Laid-off children’s librarian Sira Williams embraces colleague Jane Eigenrauch after Wednesday night’s council meeting. Photo: John T. Ward/Red Bank Green
Livingston TAP reports that some in that town’s school district — which is looking at a tentative operating budget of $108.9 million for the next school year — are concerned that many would-be full-time positions are being filled by part-timers in an effort to save money.
As Bill Dressel with the New Jersey League of Municipalities told WBGO News, higher pension and benefits payments are making it hard to cut costs.