CORNWALL – Cornwall councillors are zeroing in on the Cornwall Public Library budget, asking to see what a zero per cent increase would look like.
The library budget is slated to increase nearly two per cent to just over $2.2 million dollars.
The biggest expenses in the budget are a proposed 60 per cent increase for promotion and programs (from $10,000 to $17,000).
Coun. Frost says it’s important to look at the library budget and be “fiscally responsible.” Frost would like to see every department to come back with a zero per cent increase but believes that idea would be “shot down.”
Couns. Carilyne Hebert and Elaine MacDonald voted against looking at a budget freeze for the library.
Coun. MacDonald says she’s all too aware of the low literacy rate in SD&G and believes cutting services would be detrimental.
“I would like to see a revenue increase rather than a service cut (at the Cornwall library),” Hebert added.
Coun. Claude McIntosh believes it’s a challenge to look at rolling back the 2015 budget for the library now considering almost a quarter of the year in already passed.
The report should be back next week.