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RFD- 3559 Business Items   Item #   10. a.    
Regular Council Meeting Agenda
Meeting Date: 03/25/2019  
Title:    Yellowhead Regional Library Member Levy - Wolanski
Department: Community & Protective Services  
Strategic Vision Element: Where People Choose to Experience Community - A vibrant place for community involvement and social wellness Related Goal: Spruce Grove has a diverse arts and culture environment that reflects the interests and needs of the community.

Request for Decision Summary
This is to inform Council of the Yellowhead Regional Library's levy increase per capita for 2020 and 2021.

Proposed Motion
That the Yellowhead Regional Library levy increase be received as information.

The Yellowhead Regional Library (YRL) provides materials and services to public and school libraries, and other organizations, to assist them in meeting the informational, educational, cultural and recreational needs of their communities.

The City of Spruce Grove provides annual funding to the YRL on a per capita basis. The current levy is $4.30 per captia, has not increased since 2008, and is the lowest levy rate in the province yet offers the same, or similar, services as its TRAC (The Regional Automation Consortium) partners. Income through the levy and provincial operating grant have remained stable; however, expenses have increased, particularly eResources which weren't as ubiquitous or in demand in 2009. 

The Master Membership Agreement (MMA) has a provision for levy increases - As per Schedule C, if the increase does not exceed the cost of living index, the YRL Board may approve the increase without amending the MMA.

The YRL projected budget for 2021 indicates a deficit operational budget and the Board voted in March 2019 to proceed with a levy increase of approximately 2% in 2020 and 1.5% in 2021. The YRL Board is not recommending increases beyond the current proposal at this time.

While the per capita rate has not increased, it should be noted that the City of Spruce Grove’s population has experienced significant increases and therefore so has their contribution to YRL. 

Fiscal Impact
Financial Implications:
The City has projected the budget will be increased to $166,143.40 in 2020 and $172,245.10 in 2021, which will support the levy increase.

There will be no census is 2019; therefore, the 2020 per capita levy increase of $4.39 will be based on the 2018 population. The 2021 per capita levy increase of $4.46 will be based on the projected population for 2020.

The anticipated cost for the levy in 2020 is $157,012.74 and 2021 is $172,325.48.

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