Library operating levy vote and trustee election set for April 4
Each year, the Library goes directly to the voters in its library district, the residents of Warwick Valley School District, to ask for support of the library’s proposed tax levy for its operating budget and to select Library trustees.
The annual budget planning process for the Library began in fall of 2016 with a series of public meetings, the last of which will be the public hearing on the budget scheduled for Tuesday, March 28, at 7:00 pm at the library at One McFarland Drive in the Village of Warwick.
Proposed operating budgetThe library is seeking approval for a tax levy of $1,525,000 for the fiscal year 2017/18 operating budget, which includes all expenses for operating the library.
The levy represents 91 percent of the library’s proposed operating budget; the rest of the budget is funded by a combination of fees, gifts, grants, interest and reserve funds.
The Library Foundation continues to contribute $25,000 to the FY 2017-18 operating budget in addition to other support for library programs and collections.
The Friends of the Library will continue to contribute an annual gift of $15,000 towards the FY2017-18 Library operating budget.
Estimated tax rate increasesUsing current assessment values and equalization rates, the estimated tax rates for the FY 2017/18 proposed library operating budget are estimated at:
$3.90 per $1,000 of assessed valuation an increase of $0.22 per $1,000 for Warwick homeowners; and
$0.92 per $1,000, an increase of $0.05 per $1,000 for Chester homeowners in the Warwick Valley School District.
The library’s proposed operating levy would cost $195 a year for a Warwick family with a home assessed at $50,000 or an increase of $11 a year.
A family in Chester with a home assessed at $200,000 would pay $184.00 per year, an increase of $10 a year.
Copies of the proposed FY2017/2018 Operating Budget can be found at the library’s website at www.albertwisnerlibrary.org.
Election and votingThere is the election of one Library Trustee on the same ballot. Margaret Bogdanski will be running for re-election.
The polls will be open at the library at 9 a.m. and close at 9 p.m.
Residents of the Warwick Valley School District who are registered to vote may participate in this election.
Voter registration is held at the School District Office.
Voting by absentee ballot can be requested at the library at least seven days before the election date if the ballot is to be mailed and one day before the election if the ballot is to be picked up by the voter.
For more information, check the library’s website www.albertwisnerlibrary.org or contact Library Director Rosemary Cooper at 986-1047 ext. 6.