Guy Burns, Community Board representative and Councillor candidate, is calling forKāpiti Coast District Council to reverse its decision to slash the new book budget by 50 percent.
“I’ve been talking to locals, and they are fuming and upset because the book budget has been slashed. Kapiti has the highest library membership of any NZ borough.
“Books are a source of joy and wellbeing for all ages and peoples. Most ratepayers don’t seem to mind some their rates money being spent on Libraries; especially new books.
“There are plenty of non-essential Council spending which could be used for re-establishing the new books budget.
For example; over 3 million dollars is being spent on the so-called ‘town centres project’ this year; these upgrades will only benefit a select few.
Also; 4.3 million dollars is set aside for spending in Otaraua Park—a place many Kāpiti residents don’t even know the whereabouts of.
“Councillors have cut the book budget and with very little consultation with the communities they represent.
“A big oversight on their part—which will cost them dearly when locals vote in September.”