Ingenuity works to save Byron Shire's library funds

BYRON Shire Council has resolved to cut library hours by one hour a day across the shire and cut resource purchasing by $20,000 in an effort to meet a saving target of $65,500.

The cost saving was required to meet the shortfall between the council's budget allocation and Richmond Tweed Regional Library's member contribution.

Mayor Simon Richardson said that in the interests of fairness the three libraries at Mullumbimby, Byron Bay and Brunswick Heads would open one hour later Mondays to Fridays.

Council will also request a report on the policies regarding the commercial competitive rates and charging for auxiliary services.

They will also write to the state government noting concerns about diminishing contributions from 23.6% of budget in 1980-81 to 7.5% in 2010-11.

In a separate move council foreshadowed a motion that will recommend to Richmond Tweed Regional Library management that it consider a trial of charging non- residents for the use of the libraries' Wi-Fi.

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