2017 is shaping up to be a big year for the Morinville Public Library (MPL).
“There are so many programs, for babies to seniors, at the library and in 2017 there is sure to be some new, exciting, programming added as well,” said Amy Guenette, Chair of the MPL Board, in an interview on December 15. “There always seems to be something fun going on at the library every month.”
Councillor’s were hit with asks from the Musée Morinville Museum, Morinville Community Library, and the Morinville Festival Society as part of their annual budget process during their most recent Committee of the Whole meeting. Each of the organizations made presentations detailing their budgets and the amount they were asking for from the Town.
The Morinville Community Library held its third annual Library Comedy Show at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre Apr. 9. The licensed event was open to those 18 and older and drew about 80 locals for an evening of laughs to support library programs and initiatives.
I have read two letters recently from those who feel the Library was short changed during this budget cycle. Both letters make some extremely valid points; however, I feel one important FACT has been missed that everyone should be aware of.
The Morinville Public Library is a bustling, vibrant community space that provides key services to many residents of Morinville and Sturgeon County; like all municipal services, however, it costs money to run the library (which is a not-for-profit organization).
Council has unanimously passed second and third reading of Budget 2016 after making hundreds of thousands worth of cuts and a few additions to the budget. The budget as passed would represent approximately a 3 per cent tax increase for Morinville property owners, but 2016 tax rates will not be set until spring.
The Morinville Community Library is asking the Town of Morinville for $413,897 in funding for 2016, a 34.75 per cent increase over 2015's request. That number is set to go up to $436,637.00 (5.5%) in 2017 and to $452,538.00 (3.65%) in 2018.
Library Manager Isabelle Cramp and Board Vice Chair Amy Guenette presented to Council during Council's Committee of the Whole meeting Oct. 13. Also present was Board Chair Keith Norris.