It’s official, council went through with the $50,000 cut to the Fort Saskatchewan Public Library’s funding.
Fort Saskatchewan city council approved its 2018 operating budget during Tuesday’s (December 12) council meeting of $75,952,471.
The library received $1,190,582 in total funds, which is $50,000 shy of their original request.
"Time will tell whether or not this is the right call. The library will be faced with reducing the number of hours to the public, as we want to focus on early literacy and outreach services for the community," said library director Michele Feser. "So for all the young families out there in the Fort, we know there's lots of potential for growth and for this essential service. We really need to be forward thinking and plan for future growth, so this additional amount would have made a big difference in these areas.
Additional Sunday hours were added to the library schedule this past year and has proved popular.
However, Feser noted that they will need to make a cut somewhere.
If approved by the library board, those changes could come into affect in 2018.
Feser had approached council with the request to re-instate the $50,000 at the November 28 meeting.
“I am a big supporter of the library. I see everyday how many citizens utilize the library and the different services they utilize. I do believe we have to provide the appropriate funding,” said mayor Gale Katchur. “I do understand they wanted some additional funding and we will look at that in 2018, as the year progresses."