RPL plans – good or bad? Send comments to City Council by Dec 8

Now is a big opportunity for you to email to show your support for RPL’s future plans, or your concerns.

Send in your comments on the RPL’s future plans. RPL budget comments due by Thurs. Dec 8 at 1:00 pm

Positive comments or concerns – the public needs to hear your views.

This is the only public opportunity to discuss the RPL budget / plans for the future.

The RPL budget for 2023 and 2024 was presented to City of Regina’s Executive Committee on Nov. 2, 2022. The RPL is requesting a mill rate increase of 2.5% in 2023 and 1.78% in 2024. Link to Nov. 2 discussion, starting around 4:51:00 into the meeting.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1kp1Lqw0BI

Putting money into a reserve fund for Central (plan to demolish current building and build anew) is part of the budget as well as money for some repairs to Central and funds for development in other branches. The budget also mentions the Film Theatre, the Dunlop Gallery, and the Prairie History Room, along with the Community Commons that replaced the Outreach Service Room, many library programs, online resources and many technology things that the RPL wants to do. The budget document is not too hard to read, mainly a description of the RPL’s planned activities. Pages 117 to 145  http://reginask.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=4637&Inline=True  

Send your letter, or email, no matter how brief, to City Council, on the topic of your choice. Comments can be positive about RPL programs or plans, or express concerns. You can also make a presentation in person or online if you choose, but you don’t have to if you don’t want to.

A figure referenced in the budget that RPL contributes $70 million a year to the Regina economy, is contained in this document “Economic Benefit of Regina Public Library”

The economic benefit of RPL is estimated to be $70 million, including $37 million in direct benefits and $33 million in indirect benefits. As a result, RPL generates $2.98 in economic value for each dollar invested in it – the equivalent of $309 of value for each Regina resident.  https://central.reginalibrary.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/RPL_Economic_Benefit_Report_2020.pdf

FROM RPL WEBSITE

The is lots more information about the RPL’s finances on their Annual Reporting page https://www.reginalibrary.ca/about/annual-reporting 


MANAGEMENT DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS (MD&A)

The MD&A provides a yearly overview from RPL’s management team. It covers the previous year’s operations and how the organization performed. Each report covers the highlights of the year, including information on major projects, key initiatives, statistics on library use, and more as well as more detailed discussion of the library’s operations.

In prior years, this was referred to as the library’s Annual Report.

BUDGET AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Our budget outlines our planned spending for the year and the sources of revenue anticipated to meet those spending needs. Since most of the library’s revenue is from a municipal tax levy, the library submits a mill rate request to the City of Regina each year for enough funds to cover planned spending. 

Our audited financial statements present the financial performance of the library over the course of a year and are accompanied by an independent auditor’s report verifying that those statements fairly present the financial position of the library.

Public Accounts is an accountability tool that outlines expenditures made to the Library’s Board of Directors as well as any payments over $50,000 to employees and vendors of the Library.

FROM RPL WEBSITE

MANAGEMENT DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS (MD&A)

The MD&A provides a yearly overview from RPL’s management team. It covers the previous year’s operations and how the organization performed. Each report covers the highlights of the year, including information on major projects, key initiatives, statistics on library use, and more as well as more detailed discussion of the library’s operations.

In prior years, this was referred to as the library’s Annual Report.

BUDGET AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Our budget outlines our planned spending for the year and the sources of revenue anticipated to meet those spending needs. Since most of the library’s revenue is from a municipal tax levy, the library submits a mill rate request to the City of Regina each year for enough funds to cover planned spending. 

Our audited financial statements present the financial performance of the library over the course of a year and are accompanied by an independent auditor’s report verifying that those statements fairly present the financial position of the library.

Public Accounts is an accountability tool that outlines expenditures made to the Library’s Board of Directors as well as any payments over $50,000 to employees and vendors of the Library.

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