Museum asking Comox for financial relief

They've grown significantly since their move onto Comox Avenue, and now the Comox Archives and Museum Society is looking for additional funding to help cover a shortfall.

At Wednesday's committee of the whole meeting, curator Kay Bukta asked council to consider a request for an increase of funding of $5,000.

Currently, the society receives $25,000 annually from the Town, funding which Bukta calls "our lifeline."

"With our marvellous new space, our increased hours of operation and the ever-growing expectation for new and interesting additions, we are now stretched to the limit," she explained in her letter to council.

Since September 2011, the society has doubled its hours of operation and increased the exhibit floor.

Bukta added the museum is in the process of building a series of maps and interpretive sheets that show the development of Comox from the first settlers through the time to current days.

Funds would be used for the mapping project in addition to bolster wages.

In 2013, wages totalled $35,000, with $7,900 of operating costs. Total expenditures equalled $47,000 which was an operating loss of almost $1,600.

The society has been receiving an annual grant of $15,000 from BC Gaming and a grant from the Comox Valley Regional District recently reduced to $2,500.

Bukta said they are striving to maintain a yearend surplus of cash equal to six months of operations.

"We believe we can manage on an annual budget of $50,000. At the moment, we have a shortfall of $5,000," she noted.

Council will consider the request during upcoming budget discussions.


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