Okanagan Regional Library gives the nod to 2017 budget

The 2017 financial plan includes a 1.98 per cent hike to the budget.

Okanagan Regional Library has branches from Golden to Princeton and Osoyoos.

More resources are going into local libraries.

On Wednesday, the Okanagan Regional Library board approved its 2017 financial plan, including  a 1.98 per cent hike to the budget.

“If the budget is less than two per cent, I go ‘Yay,’” said Catherine Lord, board chairperson.

There’s an overall net increase of $362,346 or total expenditures of $18,691,342.

The tax impact will vary among ORL’s 25 member jurisdictions, with a community’s contribution based half on population and half on assessments.

Lord describes the document as a cost of living budget that allows ORL to maintain its services while preparing for the future.

“There’s an almost two per cent increase in union contracts and there’s staff training,” she said.

Much of the training focus is expanded technology within the library branches.

“The services are more varied than they used to be,” said Lord.

Besides the budget, board members and administration also tackled the agency’s strategic planning process.

Lord believes the process is allowing staff to become more involved in the library.

“The while tenure of the library has changed. The culture of the staff has changed,” she said.

“All of the staff are feeling more empowered and they can come forward with recommendations.”

 

 

Just Posted

Interior Health managers voice discontent

Negative comments about work culture aimed at CEO Chris Mazurkewich.

Students frustrated by UBCO response to harassment allegations

Kelowna - Students were unaware of resources on campus

Princeton woman hits campaign trail with bid for mayor’s seat

Second candidate for October election comes forward

Top cop gets “Chased” out of town

Sergeant Barry Kennedy leaving Princeton after four years

Council pitches tax increase and big capital budget

Residents have one month to submit input

Video: Bulky bobcat goes for a stroll

Bob Lindley shared a video of a sneaky bobcat strolling through his yard in Vernon.

WestJet appeals lost bid to scrap harassment lawsuit

Airline argues judge was wrong to have dismissed the company’s application to strike the legal action

Can U.S. border guards search your phone? Yes, and here’s how

Secretary of homeland security explains a new policy that let’s border guards check phones

‘Beautiful writer’ Nancy Richler dies of cancer in Vancouver hospital

Montreal-born author spent most of her adult life in B.C. as a fiction writer and novelist

Penticton hospital fourth busiest in the region for opioid overdose

Incarceration and residential treatment could be adding to the number of deaths… Continue reading

B.C. commuters vote to rename bus service to ‘Jeff’

The company asked and the people of Facebook answered

EDITORIAL: With harassment allegations, students deserve better at UBCO

The lack of communication with students isn’t good enough for the Kelowna campus

Physical altercation turns to online threats in Celista

Police were called to a Shuswap ice rink after a group of men physically fought each other

Arson suspect heads to court

Vernon man suspected of starting a string of 2014 fires in Vernon

Most Read