Voters approve library budget

GLOVERSVILLE – The Gloversville Public Library budget for 2014-15, recently approved by voters, will increase the tax levy by 2.19 percent, according to library officials.

Library Director Barbara Madonna said by a 163 to 50 tally, voters approved the $503,289 budget proposal last week. The total budget for 2013-14 was about $484,000.

Eligible residents of the Gloversville Enlarged School District were able to vote on the budget proposal May 6.

The budget for 2014-15 includes a tax-levy increase of $5,930. The tax levy is set at $270,509 for 2014-15.

Madonna said the majority of the increase will add 2 percent to the materials budget, which includes books, magazines, newspapers, ebooks, audio books, DVDs and data bases, 2 percent to the technology line, and 2 percent to programming.

She said the remainder of the increase will help offset increases the library is seeing in salaries because of the new minimum-wage requirement.

“I am very pleased that the public approved the tax levy more than 3 to 1,” Madonna said. “It is not a large increase, especially when shared by all the taxpayers of the district, but it will allow us to purchase more materials for the collection and provide an additional program or two during the 2014-15 fiscal year.”

Most of the library income comes from the tax levy. The remainder of the budgeted amount represents fund balance, Friends of the Library contributions, fines, grants, Gloversville Library Foundation income and donations.

The Board of Trustees approved the tax levy and total budget in February, Madonna said.

Information about the budget and vote were on signs at the library and were posted on the library website and Facebook page. Madonna also said information was shared with radio station WENT and The Leader-Herald.

Previously known as the Gloversville Free Library, the public library was established by the voters of the Gloversville Enlarged School District in 2005 with a tax levy of $198,200. The levy was flat for five years, and the first increase was approved by voters in 2010 for the 2010-11 budget year, Madonna said.

The specific tax rates for the towns and the school district will not be set until August, when the information is provided by the state. The library tax is not billed separately; it appears on property owners’ school district tax bills.

The library operates on a July-to-June fiscal year.

Three seats on the library Board of Trustees were vacant, and the library received petitions from two incumbents, Jay Ephraim and Robin Lair. Both were elected to their positions. James McGuire, a write-in candidate, received 33 votes and claimed the remaining open seat.