Please support the library increase on November 7th! It is proposition #4 on the back of the ballot!
On Election Day, November 7, The Board of Trustees of the Poestenkill Library is asking residents to approve a $12,000 increase in the annual contribution of the Town of Poestenkill for library services to the community. The current amount, voted on four years, ago is $59,290. The total expense budget for 2017 is $80,419.
Things to know for this proposition…
– The average homeowner would see a total cost of $33.50 on the Library line on their tax bill, less than $3.00 per month.
– The $12,000 increase has been penciled into the Town’s 2018 budget and there is still going to be an overall tax decrease for town taxpayers.
– Despite taking steps to cut costs wherever possible, a gap of $11,000-$12,000, between library income and operating expenses, has existed each year for the past 10 years. Fundraising has been used to cover operating expenses.
– By supporting the Library’s proposition (#4 on the back of the ballot), residents will assist the Board of Trustees in creating a reliable revenue stream.
– Fundraising would then be used to focus on improved services and programs for the community, rather than applying it to operating expenses.
– In 2018, there will be an increase in minimum wage in addition to other cost increases beyond our control.
– The $47,180 salary budget includes withholding taxes and covers the director and six part-time employees. This is 58.7% of the total operating budget. A library is a service business and therefore has a higher percentage in personnel costs.
– An independent audit showed that the library budget was very lean and could not easily be reduced. The only flexible line in the budget is for collection purchases of books, DVDs, CDs, etc. This is currently at $14,290.
– The Poestenkill Library, in addition to providing basic library services to all ages, also offers to its community: 3D printing services, free Wi-Fi – 24/7 – in and out of the building, preschool story hour, copying/faxing/scanning, and public access computers. New services that could be added are: computer/social media classes for Seniors, family programs, adult learning workshops, and author visits, to name a few.
The Trustees, staff, and volunteers of the Poestenkill Library hope that you will support Proposition #4 on the back of the ballot on November 7th!