Library gets city bucks

Terrace’s public Library won’t be axing service hours this year now that city council has agreed it should get money it needs.

  • Mar. 7, 2012 5:00 p.m.

Terrace’s public Library won’t be axing service hours this year now that it’s getting the money it needs.

At a budget meeting last Wednesday, Feb. 29, Terrace city council and the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine agreed to increase yearly money given to the library by $13,640.

Had it not, the library would have had to decrease service hours in order to keep up with union wage increases for its staff. And leading into city budget talks, the library board decided a service decrease meant shutting its doors for two weeks this year.

The decision to give them more didn’t come without thoughtful debate first on the part of city council.

“Ultimately, if the funding isn’t there, it’s going to be program cuts,” said councillor James Cordeiro at the meeting.

“We do get our value out of it because it’s so much more than just a library,” said Lynne Christiansen at the meeting. “I am in favour of the increase.”

While everyone at the meeting agreed it is valuable, the library represents the largest yearly cost to the city of Terrace for a service – this year at $557,490, a portion of which is paid by the RDKS.

And while this year the two municipalities have agreed to pay more, the province hasn’t. The provincial government is holding steady at $93,931, said chief Librarian Margo Schiller.

There was concern raised by some at the meeting that ongoing increases might not be viable for the city.

“We deal with the library as the largest single grant we have,” said councillor Brian Downie. “At some point in time, it means we are not being able to support other organizations with very valuable services.”

To deal with that possibility, council agreed that a “clear message” should be sent to the library that it will need to ramp up fundraising or reorganize spending to account for a potential city spending freeze in the future.

“There are ways that they could help and we could help,” said mayor Dave Pernarowski. “I’d like to see some co-operation on their behalf, even if it means opening half an hour later.”

The library’s other sources of income include self-generated things like late fees and fundraising which last year came in at $24,821,  federal grants at $3,408, and other grants at $12,452.

The library is bound by the Library Act to provide these services for free: admission into the library, usage of library materials, the premises, lendable materials and reference information.

It may, under that act, charge for other services.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Sept. 20 to 26

Rabbit Day, Hobbit Day and One-Hit Wonder Day are all coming up this week

What is the future of transportation in Terrace?

Active transportation, transit, road networks to play a big part in the coming years

Single-engine aircraft crashes near Telkwa

Two occupants of the plane sustained minor injuries and were transported to hospital

Terrace firefighters heading south to help battle wildfires in Oregon

Over 200 B.C. firefighting personnel will assist in the U.S.

Cullen announces bid for provincial NDP nomination for Stikine riding

Current MLA Donaldson not seeking re-election

QUIZ: A celebration of apples

September is the start of the apple harvest

B.C. migrant, undocumented workers rally for permanent residency program

Rally is part of the Amnesty for Undocumented Workers Campaign led by the Migrant Workers Centre

Preparations underway for pandemic election in Saskatchewan and maybe B.C.

Administrators in B.C. and around the country are also looking to expand voting by mail during the pandemic

Nearly 20 per cent of COVID-19 infections among health-care workers by late July

WHO acknowledged the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

The court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington

Emaciated grizzly found dead on central B.C. coast as low salmon count sparks concern

Grizzly was found on Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw territory in Smith Inlet, 60K north of Port Hardy

VIDEO: B.C. to launch mouth-rinse COVID-19 test for kids

Test involves swishing and gargling saline in mouth and no deep-nasal swab

Young Canadians have curtailed vaping during pandemic, survey finds

The survey funded by Heart & Stroke also found the decrease in vaping frequency is most notable in British Columbia and Ontario

B.C. teachers file Labour Relations Board application over COVID-19 classroom concerns

The application comes as B.C.’s second week of the new school year comes to a close

Most Read