Voting for the 2009-2010 Hicksville Public Library budget and election of a board trustee will take place Tuesday, May 19 at school district polling sites.

For 2009-2010 the Hicksville Public Library has proposed a spending plan of $3,715,360 - $623,640 less than the current year's adopted budget of $4,339,000 for a budget-to-budget decrease of 14.37 percent. The proposed budget enables the library to continue providing quality programs and services without reducing hours of operation while tweaking more than a quarter-million dollars. While the spending plan includes increases in the personnel and collection portions, decreases in the operation portion, specifically in the areas of maintenance/service contracts, computer equipment, conferences/meeting, and professional fees/services, among other areas, have been factored in.

According to the district's budget newsletter, the current Hicksville Library tax rate is 13.660. It is anticipated that the average homeowner will pay approximately $136.66 a year in library taxes; for the current year, the average homeowner paid 198.67 a year in library taxes.

If the proposed $3.7 million spending plan were to fail, the library would revert to the current year's adopting budget of $4.3 million.

One seat on the Hicksville Library Board is up for grabs this year. Current trustee Michael Galgano's seat is set to expire and he is not seeking re-election. As of press time, Harold Loomis was running unopposed. Trustee terms are five years.

Voting will take place May 19 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the following locations: Burns Avenue (District #1), Dutch Lane (District #6), East Street (District #2), Fork Lane (District #5), Lee Avenue (District #4), Old Country Road (District #7) and Woodland (District #3) schools. To be eligible to take part in either election, you must be 18 years of age or older, a United States citizen and reside in the district for more than 30 days prior to the vote.

Please note that although the school district and library budget will be voted on at the same time and place, they are two separate entities; consolidation of voting first occurred last year in an effort to reduce costs and increase convenience to residents. Logo
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