In case you missed it, Tauranga City Council rejected the proposed Library charges. This is great news, although the proposed staff savings are a worry. Just how are they going to achieve those? I suspect we all now how 😦
Now we wait to see what happens on South Taranaki. News on their changes should come out next week.
Tauranga City Council today rejected the proposal to charge for all library books for adults as a way to reduce the rates income required to run the service. They instead voted unanimously to stick with the status quo and continue to only charge for the usual ‘Top Title’ books they currently charge for.
Charges for Top Titles will increase from next year e.g. top title books from $2 to $3 and top title DVDs from $3 to $4. Prices for cancelled books that are being sold will also increase.
Other changes agreed to are:
* the numbers of books people can borrow at one time will reduce from 99 to 20 items, and;
* the target levels of stock will increase from 2.35 items per head to 2.6 items per head.
Staff savings are also expected – $50k in 2010/11 increasing to $250,000 in 2012/13 compared to previous years