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The Farmingdale Public Library budget vote and trustee election will take place on Tuesday, April 7 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the library.

The total tax levy amount for the 2009/10 year is $3,447,222, which represents a $21,202, or 0.62 percent increase over the previous year.

"The Library Board of Trustees are very concerned that in these tough economic times people can't afford to pay higher taxes even though the average amount residents pay for library taxes is about $220 per year," Library Director Debbie Podolski said. "Having said that, we still need to pay utilities, salaries and provide materials and services to the public."

On the revenue side, the interest earned on the library's bank accounts has decreased substantially.

"We also cannot expect to receive state grants," Podolski added. "The board has decided to use funds from our fund balance to offset these losses."

Podolski said the board made some adjustments to their expense lines based on the average expenses over the years and new developments.

"For positions where staff have retired, the position has been replaced with entry-level staff person," she explained. "One position has not been replaced. Staff salary step increases have been eliminated. The increase in health insurance is under 2 percent rather than 5 percent in previous years. The cost of some materials have decreased, i.e. DVDs, and we received a 43 percent discount on most book purchases. We purchase through state contract and obtain quotes for the lowest price on major purchases. Many of our reference resources are available online, therefore our reference purchases will be reduced as well."

Library taxes are based on the assessed value of your property multiplied by the library tax rate, which is set by the Nassau County Department of Assessment. All single-family houses in the Farmingdale Library District have the same library tax rate of 19.365.

To find out what you pay in library taxes, log onto www.mynassauproperty.com and click on Property Search to look up your property taxes. The following are the library tax rate and library tax for sample properties within the Farmingdale Library District.

Sample property: Incorporated Village - Old Style House with Porch

Assessed Value = 1123

Tax rate per $100 of Assessed Value = 19.365

2008-2009 Library taxes = $217 or 59 cents per day.

Sample property: South Farmingdale - Cape

Assessed Value = 984

Tax rate per $100 of Assessed Value = 19.365

2008-2009 Library taxes = $190 or 52 cents per day.

Sample property: N. Massapequa - Split

Assessed Value = 1132

Tax rate per $100 of Assessed Value = 19.365

2008-2009 Library taxes = $219 or 60 cents per day.

Sample property: Massapequa Park - Ranch

Assessed Value = 1027

Tax rate per $100 of Assessed Value = 19.365

2008-2009 Library taxes = $199 or 54 cents per day.

Sample property: Farmingdale - Colonial

Assessed Value = 1677

Tax rate per $100 of Assessed Value = 19.365

2008-2009 Library taxes = $324 or 89 cents per day.

Current Trustee Lawrence Jorgensen is running unopposed for another five-year term. You are eligible to vote if you are registered for school district elections or the general elections. For more information on the budget visit the Farmingdale Public Library at 116 Merritts Road in Farmingdale, log on to www.farmingdalelibrary.org or call 249-9090.

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