There will be no increase to the Regina Public Library’s mill rate this year according to the library’s board of directors.
“Regina Public Library continues to be mindful of its role as an effective steward of the public’s money,” board chair Sean Quinlan said in a release. “We are aware of the current fiscal situation in the province, and in our city, and we are committed to maximizing the recourses available to use to meet community needs and expectations.”
Instead, the library will find savings and efficiencies within their current budget.
“We will have increased revenue through growth in property tax assessment, and the amount of federal and provincial grants-in-lieu,” said Quinlan. “As well, our new budget-friendly organizational structure will improve managerial effectiveness.”
The library’s new accounting and integrated payroll system is also expected to help trim costs and to streamline their financial processes.
The library will also reduce the use of external consultants.
“The efficiencies we gain now provide a solid base from which future efficiencies can be identified,” Quinlan said.
He believes the zero per cent increase and the plan they have in place will help to improve public services.
“Our priority is our customers, and the citizens of Regina,” Quinlan said. “We will work within the parameters set by a zero per cent increase and continue to meet the objectives of our strategic plan.”