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Library Budget Vote – Proposal #7 on the back of the ballot. We need your support and your vote!

Some budget facts:

  • Last library budget vote was in November 2007, where the amount approved was $45,949 for the 2008 budget.
  • Over the past 5 years, the Town has increased the amount the library receives over the 2007 ballot amount by an average of 3% per year.
  • In 2013, the library received $52,239 from the Town. This was $6,290 over the approved 2007 ballot amount. These are funds that have been accounted for in the Town’s budget over the past 5 years.
  • The Library Board of Trustees is requesting an additional $7,051 to bring the annual budget total from the Town to $59,290. The proposal on the ballot will show the total increase from 2007 of $13,341 (due to State Education Law ballot requirements).

Last Budget Vote November 2007 = $45,949 for 2008 budget year

Budget Overview 2009-2014
Year Total Library Budget Funding from the Town % of increase over prior year Town funding % of total budget from fundraising
2009 69,382 47,347 3% 25.6%
2010 68,704 47,347 0 26%
2011 71,532 48,767 3% 22.9%
2012 72,215 49,742 2% 23.7%
2013 74,251 52,239 5% 20.5%
*2014 75,215 59,290 13.5% 12%

*proposed amount

  • Other recurring annual revenue sources include (2013): Rensselaer County ($3,610), NYS Library Aid ($970), Brittonkill School District ($500), and Friends of Poestenkill Library ($1,650 for cleaning services).
  • The library building and property are owned by the Town of Poestenkill. The annual rent is $10. The Town pays for the alarm system, maintains the heating & cooling systems (the library pays for the fuel & electricity), takes care of major building repairs, maintains the yard (mowing), and does the plowing in the winter. A dedicated group of volunteers maintain the gardens and rake the leaves.
  • Per capita (census pop. 4,530) cost for the total library budget in 2013 is $16.39. The cost if Proposal #7 is approved would be $16.60. NY State Ed recommends $25 per capita. (Based on our census figure, that budget amount would need to be $113,250.)