Kāpiti Independent says a powerful new protest group will form soon on the Coast to fight the KCDC’s slashing of the Libraries’ book budget.
In an unprecedented and unannounced move, the District Council decided to almost halve the libraries’ book budget.
This means the libraries will lose $191,500 of books and materials in the coming year.
The new group plan to make the Library cuts a major issue in the forthcoming elections.
Candidates will face tough questions
The Independent understands all candidates will be asked to promise to restore the full budget as soon as possible after the election.
So far not one councillor, or Mayor K Gurunathan, have explained adequately why they allowed the cuts to go through, says KIN.
( we invite them to do so now)
After we broke the story, Mayor K Gurunathan was asked to provide a full explanation. After a full day’s delay he sent a 30-word email —
‘The budget for the 2019/20 year for the purchase of new books was cut from $402k to $211k. It was done through the Annual Plan process to reduce capital expenditure.’
The Kāpiti Independent says its been told the new group will apply a ‘white-hot blowtorch’ to the issue, and has been told all avenues will be explored to reverse the decision.