Despite a less than stellar economy and governments cutting spending, the Drumheller Public Library appears to be in pretty good shape headed into the next year.
Library Board Chair Vanessa Page appeared before Drumheller Town Council on Monday, November 28 to give councillors an overview of their budget for 2017.
"Our library expenses are below budget; we usually come in under budget because we are a fiscally conservative board and so, when we make our budget we do leave ourselves some buffer room," outlined Page. "We do have a lower budget in 2017-18 and that, again, is accounting for the buffer that we build into our budgets."
Page reported to council that they are looking at needing about $228,000 to cover expenditures for the next year. That's $50,000 less than they asked for for 2016 despite a projected 1.5 per cent pay increase for library employees.
"If I'm not mistaken, we lost an employee, so that lowered our costs; also just little things added up over the year and so when we calculated our budget we were significantly below," she explained. "We have money left over from 2016 that we moved into the 2017 budget."
Page and council also discussed the idea of doing away with library fees.
"For adults it's $12 (per year) and for youth it's $5; we also offer family packages and there's a seniors discount," she noted. "If you can't afford the fee you're still welcome to come to the library, participate in the programs and read books in the library; the membership fee is only to check stuff out of the library."
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