The new Kapiti readers group ROBB — Restore Our Books Budget — has just launched a people’s petition to save the libraries’ book budget.
And it says the budget cuts will be a major issue in the Kapiti local body election.
The Kapiti Coast Council slashed the budget by $192,000, or nearly 50 percent, in its annual plan.
So the Petition is calling for an immediate reversal of the funding cut, proper funding for new library acquisitions, and a commitment to increase funding levels to the equivalent of Wellington in three years.
Headed ‘41,000 Library Members Robbed,’ the Petition says the KCDC has cut the books and materials budget from $402,500 to $211,000.
It says:” There was no consultation. There was no warning.’
The new budget allocates just $5.10 per year per library member, when Wellington spends $25.90 per member.
The chair of ROBB, Christopher Ruthe, says that during the local body elections the group will be targeting the politicians who approved the cuts.