BUDGET

VOTE

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 

12PM to 9:00 PM 
Palmyra Community Library

402 East Main Street, Palmyra, NY.

 

 

 

For the first time in 11 years, the residents of the Palmyra Community Library District will vote on an
increase to the annual library tax. The Board of Trustees is asking residents to consider an increase of
$36,000, which would bring the tax levy to $321,000 from the current $285,000 amount.  This would mean a 12.6 cent tax increase per $1000 in assessed property—for example, a property assessed at $100,000 would see a tax increase of approximately $12.62 per year (about $1.05 per month).

 

In addition, residents will elect 3 people to library trustee positions for a four-year term beginning Nov. 1, 2019.  Sandra Goehle, a retired Palmyra Primary School teacher, is seeking a second term as a trustee. Sandra serves as library board secretary and is active in the Palmyra Garden Club, Palmyra-Macedon Retired Teachers Association and the Wayne County Retired Teachers Association.  Two candidates are running for their first term: Sharon Sweeney, former Palmyra-Macedon School Board President and retired Executive Director of the Four County School Boards Association; and Chris Ossont, Product Manager for Bosch Security Systems in Fairport and a youth soccer and basketball coach.

Voters must be registered and reside in the Palmyra Community Library district which encompasses the Town of Palmyra, excluding the portion that lies within the Newark School District.  Absentee ballot applications are available at the library. Applications must be received by October 8 if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter or by October 14 if the ballot is picked up in person at the library. 

 

The public referendum will take place on

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 from

12PM to 9:00 PM at the
Palmyra Community Library

402 East Main Street, Palmyra, NY.

 

The current library tax levy of $285,000 was approved by voters in 2008, and for the past 10 years
annual increases in the library’s operating costs have been absorbed through careful planning and
budgeting.  The 2019 budget maintains the same level of service to the community while complying with mandated minimum wage increases, but this situation cannot be sustained on an ongoing basis.

If the proposed funding is approved, benefits to the community include:
*Maintaining current days and hours of service
*Accommodating continually changing community needs
*Purchasing new books and materials to meet local demand
*Keeping pace with the rapid expansion of information technology
*Securing current levels of computer/internet access, programming, meeting room availability, tutoring
space, etc.

 

If the referendum is not approved, the Palmyra Community Library will need to make difficult
decisions in regard to programs, services, materials, such as:
*Reductions in the purchase of new materials, such as: books, e-books, movies, etc.
*Cuts to programming, as necessary
*Reductions in hours of service, if necessary

What is this year's vote about?

Frequently Asked Questions

 
What is the library asking the community to decide in the 2019 vote?
The library Board of Trustees is asking the residents of the Palmyra Community Library District to consider an increase of $36,000 [12.62%] to the annual library tax funding.  In addition, residents will be asked to elect 3 people to trustee positions.
 
What will it cost Palmyra Community Library District residents if the vote passes?
If the vote passes, this would mean a 12.6 cent tax increase per $1000 in assessed property value—for example, a property assessed at $100,000, would see a tax increase of approximately $12.62 per year (about $1.05 per month). 
 
Why is the library asking for this increase?
The current tax levy of $285,000 was approved by voters in 2008, and for the past 10 years annual increases in the library’s operating expenses have been absorbed through careful planning and budgeting.  The 2019 budget maintains the same level of service to the community while complying with mandated minimum wage increases, but this situation cannot be sustained on an ongoing basis.
 
How is the library funded?
The tax levy is 95% of the library’s funding. The remaining 5 % of funding [about $15,000 annually] comes from fines, copier and fax fees, donations, and small grants. 
 
Will additional library tax requests be made in the future?
It is likely that budget increases will be requested in the future to accommodate wage increases and other costs as they continue to rise.  Voters in the library district would have to approve any future increases.
 
What will happen if the proposition is approved?
If the proposed funding is approved, benefits to the community would include:
• Maintaining current days and hours of service
• Accommodating continually changing community needs
• Purchasing new books and materials to meet local demand
• Keeping pace with the rapid expansion of information technology
• Securing current levels of computer/internet access, programming, meeting room availability, tutoring space, etc.
 
What will happen if the proposition is not approved?

Frequently Asked Questions

If the proposition is not approved, the Palmyra Community Library will need to make difficult decisions in regard to programs, services, materials, for example:
• Reductions in the purchase of new materials such as books, e-books, movies, etc.
• Cuts to programming, as necessary
• Reductions in hours of service, if necessary
 
When is the vote?
The vote will take place on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 from Noon to 9:00 PM at the Palmyra Community Library--402 East Main Street, Palmyra, NY
 
Who is eligible to vote?
Residents of the Palmyra Community Library District who are qualified to vote at a general election are eligible to vote.  The Library district encompasses the town of Palmyra, excluding the portion of the town that lies within the Newark central school district.
 
How is the library governed?
The Board of Trustees make the decisions for the library.  They decide on the hours of operation, how the library spends the tax money it receives, and other governing activities.  The Board of Trustees consists of 7 trustees who are elected by the library district residents.  Trustees do not receive compensation; they volunteer their time.
 
Who can become a trustee??

Any library district resident who is qualified to vote at a general election, and has resided in the library district at least one year prior to the election is eligible to become a trustee.   All candidates for the Board of Trustees  must be nominated by petition.  Petitions may be obtained at the library beginning Monday, June 17th, and must be returned, completed, to the library by Friday, September 6th.

Proposed Detailed Budget Plan

PALMYRA COMMUNITY LIBRARY   

2019