Since December, Tracy has worked on a plan to save as much as $290,000 in general-fund spending by running the local library, rather than having Stockton provide staffing and management through an agreement with the county.
“We believe we can provide more hours, more books, better service levels by doing it ourselves,” said Rod Buchanan, whose Parks and Recreation Department oversees upkeep of the Tracy branch at 20 E. Eaton Ave.
However, Stockton staff members found no reason to support Tracy’s effort to take over management of the south-county branch and were directed by the Stockton City Council on Tuesday, April 17, to cease preliminary negotiations.
A report to that city’s council documented no advantage to Stockton.
“(Stockton) city staff … quickly found, upon considering the extremely complex range of technical issues, that this project, entirely benefiting Tracy, would consume inordinate amounts of Stockton IT and library staff time,” staff members wrote.