Monday, 24 September 2018

WHITIANGA WEATHER

Support for status quo for current district library services

Support for status quo for current district library services

Last year TCDC's Tairua-Pauanui and Mercury Bay Community Boards wanted to know if residents and ratepayers supported the current cost for the services delivered by their District libraries in Whitianga and Tairua or if an alternate type of library service might be preferred.

The feedback shows overwhelming support for the services currently offered by these libraries and how they operate.

Overall a total of 694 submissions were received to enable TCDC and the two Community Boards to consider any changes to levels of service in the 2018-28 Long Term Plan.

They received 321 responses from those who identified Whitianga as their library, with the majority of submitters fully supportive (93.5%) of the service offered by the Whitianga library.

92.8% of submitters agreed that the rates spent on the Whitianga library was good value for money and the majority of submitters (94.7%) did not want a community-run library instead of their council run library.

In Tairua 289 responses for those who identified Tairua as their library were received, with the vast majority of submitters fully supportive (93.4%) of the service offered by the Tairua library.

93.4% of submitters agreed that the rates spent on the Tairua library was good value for money and 97.6% did not want a community-run library instead of their council run library.

Library services throughout the district are delivered in different ways with different levels of contributions from Council and users.

The services offered by the libraries are also different; some have free computers and wifi with extensive on-line databases; some are part of the national library lending service and some cater for summer holiday makers.

One of the big differences between the library services delivered by Council and the libraries delivered by community groups/trusts is that Council is not allowed to charge a membership fee which means the expenditure is covered primarily from Council rates.

The feedback shows overwhelming support from these communities for the services currently offered by these libraries and their manner of operation, so no changes to the level of services are recommended as part of the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan.

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