By Gagandeep Ghuman
Published: March 1, 2014
It can take as many as 10 days, sometimes two weeks, to receive the phone call bookworms eagerly wait for: Your inter-library loan book has arrived.
Now, council has approved a budget cut that will further delay that phone call.
The service reduction will save $3500, but will result in more delays for inter-library loan books.
The inter-library loan book is a popular service: In 2013, library ordered 1480 books for its patrons, and 1715 books in 2012.
Inter-library loan, however, isn’t the only service reduction at the library.
Council also voted to reduce children and adult programs at the library. [manual_related_posts]
A summer reading program for children will be reduced, although there are few details available on the nature of that reduction. The program encourages reading by helping children keep track of what they are reading through the summer.
It’s still not clear which adult program will be reduced. Along with the library cuts, council also voted for less maintenance for sidewalks and community parks.
Management, on the other hand, recommended a budget that would see a 7.7 per cent tax increase.
Council and management seem to have met in the middle at 5.34 per cent tax increase for this year.
But where they have found common ground, residents will have to accept service cuts.
Squamish public library has already reduced the library service on Sundays during the summer months of June to August.
The animal shelter and pound office will see a reduction in office hours, a saving of $18,583.
Fewer local government ads in the Squamish Chief will save the tax payers $4,000.
There will be reduced maintenance on select community parks, saving the tax payers $12,285.
There will also be reduction in sidewalk repairs and bike lane maintenance, a combined saving of $24,575.
Volunteer practices and training will also be reduced, saving the tax payers $7,500.
In total, contractions worth $721, 195 are being proposed as of now, but these could change as the budget is finalised.
But if there are contractions, there are also some service level increases and special project to benefit the community.
With a funding of $20,000, Squamish council plans to upgrade the arts council building and do some exterior repairs.
Squamish Adventure Centre gets an exterior wood staining and floor repairs with $31,000.
Squamish council also plans to spend $70,000 on downtown revitalization.
A full list of service reductions, increases and special projects can be found here.