ORL considers increase

ORL’s finance committee has presented the draft 2015 budget, which includes an overall 1.72 per cent increase.

Increased spending could occur within Okanagan Regional Library.

ORL’s finance committee has presented the draft 2015 budget, which includes an overall 1.72 per cent increase.

“The majority of which comes from negotiated wage increases and inflationary items, including mandatory increases to Municipal Pension Plan rates,” said Michele Rule, ORL communications manager.

In 2013, the library experienced a surge in program attendance of 12.6 per cent and an increase in reference transactions (many of which are related to help with ebooks and other devices) of 9.4 per cent.

“In response, the budget includes minor service and training improvements related to programs and staff training on dealing with people who have questions related to technology,” said Rule.

The Okanagan Regional Library board will vote on the final budget at its October meeting.