Re: "Library board: Public concern over finances unwarranted," Nov. 27.
The article states that the library was charged more than $1,000 for a dozen outings of the board. The Greater Victoria Public Library website states: "A board trustee can attend as many as 30 meetings a year, not including special events and council appearances in support of the library, and serves without remuneration." That's right - without remuneration.
From what I can see, each unremunerated board member probably had one rather ordinary glass of wine or maybe a beer and a few munchies at the 12 events in the article.
I cannot believe that anyone would consider this to be an outrageous expenditure of public funds when one takes into consideration the unremunerated work that the public enjoys from the trustees.
As to the comment from Jordan Bateman of the Canadian Federation of Taxpayers that a pub or a restaurant is not a suitable place for a board meeting, I ask, why not? Many such establishments have separate rooms which are quite suitable for meetings and which are free of charge, as long as the group orders a drink or a meal.
I can understand the concern over some of former CEO Barry Holmes's expenses, but let's not bring unnecessary embarrassment over minuscule amounts to those who give so generously of their time and talents.
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