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Library Budget Adopted Unanimously

The 2014 budget to maintain and operate the Great Neck Library system has been adopted by the board of trustees and will go before the public for a vote on May 21. It will cover the fiscal year which now runs from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014 to coincide with the school district’s fiscal year. In prior years, the library fiscal year had been the calendar year.


The total proposed budget for 2014 is $8,532,000 which is an increase of $119,000, from the current year’s budget. 


President Marietta Di Camillo stated: “Even though the budget has been adopted, the board continues to review expenditures and seek savings, such as the higher fee being imposed by the Nassau Library System. This budget was a collective effort by all the trustees each bringing their own perspective to the process. We are pleased that no services were cut and we adhered to the 2 percent New York State cap.”


The coming budget, which is partially based on information gleaned in the current year’s budget, foresees a downward trend in revenues. For example, the biggest hit is a substantial decrease in income from fines, $25,500 less than the prior year. At the budget workshop meeting, it was explained that after the library board doubled late fees people became less tardy in returning materials. Patrons who share their email addresses receive reminders that a book or DVD is about to be due and may take advantage of the handy online renewal option.


Total anticipated revenues come to $119,000; the remaining portion of the budget will be raised by taxation an increase of 1.97 percent.


On the expense side, salaries will decrease by one percent which was primarily done by eliminating vacant positions and by depending less on on-call staff substitutes.


Meanwhile, employee benefits will increase by $79,000 (four percent) which derives from a mandated increase in the New York State employees Retirement System and Health Insurance premiums. 


nother increase in the budget line for “materials and programs” is attributed to the computer software line for license renewals and upgrades. It also reflects an increase in service charges from the Nassau Library System through which the Great Neck Library participates in loans from other libraries and purchases a wide variety of databases for patrons. The library board has instituted a review of the databases to determine if any currently purchased are under-utilized and perhaps unnecessary.


Building operation expenses will increase by $33,100 due to contractual increases for branch rentals, which includes the expansion of the Parkville branch. For example, the cost for the Station branch will rise by 5.05 percent for a total rental fee of $233,200 for the year.


The budget does not include money for repairs to major systems at Main. If repairs were needed in the coming year, monies would be pulled from various restricted funds.