Galt Museum, Fort Whoop-Up hope for budget and personnel increases in 2019-2022 Operating Budget

By Lara Fominoff @LaraFominoff on Twitter
November 7, 2018 - 2:08pm

LETHBRIDGE - The Executive Director and CEO of the Galt Museum and Archives is asking for an additional $74,500 in its 2019-2022 Operating Budget. That's not including any initiatives the organization hopes to implement.

At Monday’s Finance Committee Meeting Susan Burrows-Johnson and Board of Directors Chair Tracy McNab made the presentation, along with requests for an additional 2.5 personnel.

The base budget increase was requested because of an $82,00 facility rental shortfall, $16,000 for grounds and outdoor maintenance, about $7,000 for computer and software maintenance, another $20,500 for marketing, $19,000 for offsite storage leasing, and nearly $3,000 for wages and benefits.

The organization also hopes to hire one full-time "Experience Development Manager" at a cost of more than $112,000 in the first year, one full-time "Indigenous History Programmer" for about $93,000, and a part-time Museum Technician for nearly $54,000.

The total cost for the positions over four years would be more than $1 million.

The information was received by the Finance Committee and filed. It will be up to City Council to decide whether to fund the additional positions over the next four years, when Operating Budget deliberations begin Nov. 19 and run until Nov. 24.

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