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Outsourcing plan halted at libraries

Prince William County staff have ceased their search into outsourcing the management of the library system.

In a 7-1 vote at the Prince William Board of County Supervisors meeting on June 21 the board decided to cease efforts looking into outsourcing the libraries following their closed session.

“Whereas the Prince William Board of County Supervisors desires to direct the staff to cease the efforts to issue a request for proposal to outsource the management of county library services,” said Potomac Supervisor Maureen Caddigan in her motion.

Gainesville Supervisor Peter Candland, the champion of the idea, was the lone dissenting vote.

“I believe, it is our responsibility to look at all options,” Candland said before the vote.

Candland proposed outsourcing the libraries’ management at the board's April 19 meeting. He raised the option as a way to save approximately $3 million during the board’s budget season.

It was suggested the county look into working with Library Systems and Services Inc., a private company based out of Rockville that manages municipal libraries on an outsourced basis which has approached the library system in the past.

At the April 19 , the board voted 7-1 to look into outsourcing the library system.

“I understand that the board of county supervisors is looking for ways to be financially responsible, however, outsourcing the library is not the way to go,” said Chairman of the Prince William County Public Library System Board of Trustees Burk Andrews who spoke during Citizen’s Time on June 21.
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