At the committee of the whole Council meeting next Monday, the Cobourg Library will be in the spotlight. In budget deliberations, Library CEO Tammy Robinson asked for “a Memorandum of Understanding with the Town of Cobourg in regards to facilities” and on Monday, Councillor Adam Bureau will ask for this to be prepared. He asks for clear direction on roles and responsibilities between the Cobourg Public Library Board and the Town of Cobourg to help with “budget requests, deliberations and approvals for the Cobourg Public Library”. The amount of money Cobourg contributes to the Library’s budget is significant and Provincial cutbacks have made budgeting difficult for the Library with an increasing amount required to keep it going. The Library is shared with Hamilton Township (both services and revenue) and it has a million dollar payroll so it’s a significant employer.
The grant amount requested from Cobourg for 2020 was $899,700; for 2019, this amount was $871,505. Part of the increase was because the Provincial Government has reduced subsidies by $50K/year and another $30K/year is expected. Hamilton Township provides $304,579. A summary of the full budget is below.
As well as providing books, the Library provides a number of community services and programs for children, adults and seniors. In fact the budget for book purchase is only $55k or 4.2% of the total expenses. By far the largest cost is payroll at $1.03M.
The motion put by Adam asks that discussions include himself plus Ian Davey (Interim CAO), Brent Larmer (Municipal Clerk), Tammy Robinson (Library CEO) and Kevin Caldwell (Library Board Chair). He asks that the MOU be finalized by June 1, 2020 then brought to the Library Board for approval then presented to Council for final approval.
Library Budget – summary
From January 2020 report to board. Selected details.
|INCOME FROM OPERATIONS|
|Town of Cobourg||$899,700|
|Cobourg Archives Rent||$6,000|
|TOTAL MUNICIPAL CONTRIBUTIONS||$1,210,279|
|Provincial Grants – Cobourg||$27,939|
|Provincial Grants – Hamilton||$19,180|
|Government Pay Assistance||$3,061|
|TOTAL PROVINCIAL GRANTS||$50,180|
|Meeting Room Rental||$12,000|
|TOTAL OPERATIONAL INCOME||$46,200|
|Total Salaries, Wages, Vacation||$852,148|
|OMERS – Hourly Staff||$64,371|
|Health Benefits Unionized Staff||$38,000|
|WSIB – Hourly Staff||$75,000|
|TOTAL SALARIES & BENEFITS||$1,029,519|
|Other staff expenses||$11,500|
|TOTAL STAFF EXPENSES||$1,041,019|
|Total Books & Materials||$55,000|
|TOTAL LIBRARY SERVICES||$62,000|
|Advertising & Promotional||$4,000|
|Gores Landing Rent||$4,200|
Stay tuned to see if Council agrees to an MOU.
- Draft Budget available for comments – 16 December 2019
- Budget Reviewed and Approved – 10 January 2020
- Cobourg Public Library Board Agenda – Feb 19, 2020 – includes January Financials which include 2020 budget.