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Council votes to refer the Moose Jaw Public Library operating budget submission for 2014 to budget committee for further discussion at the Oct. 28, 2013 regular council meeting at city hall.
Council hears operating budget submissions for 2014
The first 2014 operating budget estimates are on the table.
At Monday’s regular council meeting, councillors heard the budget estimates of the Moose Jaw Public Library and the Moose Jaw Police Service.
The public library has a small budget difference from 2013 to 2014 estimates. The library’s overall 2014 budget estimates are approximately $1.043 million, which is $5,482 higher than the 2013-projected budget of $1.037 million.
“The primary reason for the increase is the Palliser Regional Library levy, which includes staff salaries and benefits,” said Terry Gabel, chairman of the library board. “The current collective agreement expired at the end of 2012 and negotiations are ongoing. It is expected that an adjustment to staff salaries will be negotiated.”
There is an increase of $92,065 for the Single Integrated Library System (SILS) special levy under the Palliser Regional Library levy.
Under office expenses, the library’s estimates are $33,655 for 2014 compared to a projected $33,093 in 2013. The biggest change from the 2013 projected numbers is advertising. For advertising, the estimates are $5,400 in 2014, an increase of $1,400 from the projected $4,000 in 2013.
Regarding conferences, training, program supplies and reading and performer fees, the Moose Jaw Public Library’s estimates are $1,000 higher than in 2013. The 2014 budget estimates are $11,500. The increase is solely for program supplies.
“The public library continues to expand programming for all ages from babies to seniors,” said Gabel. “The demand for programs for children is growing with wait lists for all story times offered in 2013 as well as requests from other local family and child-related organizations for outreach story time and programs.”
As such, he said the library has “initiated a library technician position” in the children’s department.
Further, the library has a $4,000-estimate for communications, including telephones, fax and Internet. That is a $200 increase from the 2013-projected numbers.
The library’s estimates show an increase in equipment reserve for 2014 at $40,031 compared to a projected $39,246 in 2013. Overall that is an increase of $2,417 from a projected $87,219 in 2013 to an estimated $89,636 in 2014.
Total revenues, however, are estimated to be down in 2014 at $31,300 from the projected $31,936 in 2013.
Also at Monday’s meeting, Mayor Deb Higgins presented the police service operating budget submission for the year 2014.
The submission report said police are looking for a 4.5 per cent budget increase in 2014. The 2014 gross operating budget is approximately $9.22 million, an increase of $400,712 or 4.5 per cent from 2013.
Excluding embedded revenue, the net operating budget for the police service is $7.96 million, a 4.12 per cent increase over 2013.
“It’s essentially a status quo budget that maintains the focus of the strategic priorities of police services in the city,” said Higgins. “It’s clear by the budget that a majority of costs for Moose Jaw city police services is on the staffing costs.”
She said 87 per cent of the budget is used toward staff, including officers in uniform and support staff.
“The rest of the increases are basically inflation increases,” said Higgins. “(There are) also some costs associated with moving to digital fingerprints which, as of this year, that’s the only way that the police will be able to do any work with fingerprints.”
Council unanimously referred the library and police service estimates to budget committee discussions.
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