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Letter: Library Budget Vote

What is so special about our Port Washington Library? Step inside and you will find out why. This is our 120th year to celebrate. There are many events going on throughout the year, which have appeal from toddlers to seniors. Our library is all encompassing, multi-cultural and technology savvy.

Pick up a copy of the program and events that celebrate 2012. It highlights the events going on from January to December. Request a copy of the 2012 budget. It is under the 2 percent cap mandated by N.Y. State. Also remember that funds from outside the regular library budget, like Friends of the Library (FOL) and the Port Washington Library Foundation, create additional programs without the use of your taxpayer dollars. I reiterate what I have written in the past. There is no better bargain in this town for your “frugal dollars.”

Again, I’ve listed the pros and cons. The bottom line, and most important to me as a senior taxpayer, is what value I am receiving for the property taxes I pay? In talking to others in town, I find that they estimate savings of 5X, 10X and some much more, if they had paid for these services commercially, on the outside, if our library were not available to them.

This magnificent library not only continues to educate, inform and entertain, but also aids [the] community at large. Can anyone tell me where else I can receive so much value for so little payment? I know the total tax bills have risen for many of us, but if you scrutinize the numbers carefully, you’ll probably find that less than 1/20th of the total is to fund the library.

As I have written in the past, Is it worth this modest price to have over 600 programs annually, expanded computer technology, an up-to-date book collection, a great selection of videos and music CDs, books on tape, exciting art gallery exhibits, spectacular photography shows and diversified and interesting speakers? What would you pay for this entertainment, enlightenment and educational experience at other facilities on Long Island or in New York City? I am certain, many, many times more.

Your library is a valuable investment in yourself, your family and the community as a whole. Please come and support with a YES vote on the Port Washington Library budget on Tuesday, April 3, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Mildred and Martin Vogel