The council has been forced into looking at transferring money into its museums service budget to avoid the closure of Halliwell’s House Museum.
The revelation emerged in papers produced ahead of the upcoming executive committee meeting on Tuesday.
Budget documents state that £5,200 could be moved from the Central Community Services budget to the museums service to “allow Halliwell’s House Museum to remain open in 13/14”.
The council confirmed that this was to provide staffing, but confusion appears to exist over who has been paying for the staff at the museum.
A council spokesman said: “Following the decision by Visit Scotland to withdraw from funding the staffing of Selkirk tourist information centre in 2012 this pressure has been passed onto SBC.”
But, a VisitScotland spokeswoman told The Wee Paper that it was SBC who provided the staff, with the tourism body providing training and support for those staff to provide tourist information services.
As we went to press, the actual cause of the shortfall in staff funding had not been clarified.
In terms of the proposed transfer of funds, SBC’s spokesman said: “There is currently no allocated budget to cover the staffing costs and in order to create this budget money is moved from other headings.”
The £5,200 is the first of several transfers which will be required for staff costs. However, The Wee Paper has been told that all the funds required have been identified.