Layoffs, library closure part of ideas to close Merced County budget gap

In response to a $20 million county budget deficit, the Merced County Library’s Winton branch may close its doors. County head librarian Jacqueline Meriam’s proposal to close the library was in part prompted by a rent increase for the Winton branch building that her department cannot fund. The library offers many services, include English classes, to Winton’s Latino majority, and the library is one of the few county buildings that serve the Winton community.