THOUGHT those library fines would never add up to anything?
The West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation, which operates libraries across the Bass Coast, Baw Baw and South Gippsland shires, is expecting to bring in more than $76,000 from fees and charges next financial year.
Meanwhile, this financial year it’s expected to run at a loss of $75,304, down from a positive overall result of $830,713 the year prior.
Staff wages are the library’s biggest expense, predicting to cost more than $3.72 million for 42 staff members for the 2016/17 financial year, rising by $85,648 to more than $3.81 million the following year.
The details are outlined in the Library’s Draft Budget 2017/18 and Library Plan 2017-2021.
In the draft budget, under ‘Chair’s Introduction’, board chair Cr Mikaela Power from Baw Baw Shire Council said the budget acknowledges a desire to test new things within their existing resources.
“I am pleased to introduce a budget that continues to focus on delivering wonderful services to our community, whilst recognising the financial constraints that we are presented with in a rate-capped environment.
“Our budget supports the delivery of our Library Plan which recognises the significant achievements of the past, builds on our strengths and aims to position us as a flexible and innovative service.”
Overdue fines will remain the same, which for adults are $0.25 per day, up to $5 per item.
Users will still have to pay the full cost of an item if it’s lost or damaged, except for audio tapes, talking books and CDs, which are charged at $16.25 each.
There will be no changes to costs for photocopying and printing, which range from $0.20 to $0.50.
Community groups and not-for-profit organisations will be able to continue to use the meeting rooms for free.
But the hiring of meeting rooms for most other organisations will decrease from $62.50 to $60 for a full day hire, and from $31.25 to $30 for a half day hire.
Next financial year, the library’s expecting to receive an additional $34,944 from the Bass Coast Shire Council and an extra $26,922 from the South Gippsland Shire Council. The two councils combined are expected to contribute around $3.17 million to the West Gippsland Library Corporation.
The Library Plan 2017-2021 outlined eight strategies for the library, including looking at increasing opening hours, enhancing early years outreach programs and improving the library’s website.