Another communication breakdown 

Budget discrepancy shows disconnect between Whistler council and library board


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This lies at the heart of the discussion ­- if the library is unable or unwilling to charge for any of its services, then there's no way for the board to resolve the shortfall. They've cut where they can cut and now they've left the ball in council's court.

But Quinlan - who echoes municipal reasoning - said there needs to be some contribution from people who use library computers. Unlike books and DVDs, which have only one cost at the time of purchase, computer usage has monthly energy and Internet costs. In the municipality's view, the library may need to make certain sacrifices if it wants to maintain current operations.

"A computer draws a huge amount of power, a phenomenal amount of power, and there are a number of computers in there," Quinlan said. "There has to be some sort of contribution for that amenity. If someone has a laptop that they're going to plug into the (wireless) Internet, that's different, but to actually go and draw power and have the use of the Internet, and that is all subsidized by the taxpayers, then we have to look at things that are outside of the box."

Stara admitted the board hasn't exhausted every creative avenue to make up the shortfall, but they have made cuts everywhere they possibly could. She said the library can't fundraise for "things like salaries and utilities," but there is nothing in the Library Act that explicitly prohibits it.


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