The Westbury Memorial Public Library budget vote and trustee election will take place on Tuesday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The proposed 2009-2010 budget is $3,185,000 - a $177,000 increase over the current year's spending plan of $3,008,000. Despite the increase, library taxes, which are based on the assessed value of your property multiplied by the library tax rate, will not be raised for the third consecutive year.
The proposed spending plan sees a $10,000 decrease in the book category and a $8,000 decrease in the "databases" category for purchases of reference products now available through online databases. In the area of "maintenance," there is a proposed budget-to-budget increase of $139,000 - from $86,000 to $225,000 - for a new roof at the main library and the installation of solar panels.
Monies for these projects, said Director Cathleen Towey, will come from the library's surplus fund, therefore preventing a tax increase. Additionally, by adding solar panels, the library will decrease its energy costs and expects to receive substantial reimbursements from LIPA and the federal stimulus package.
Overall, the library's proposed spending plans see no change in the periodicals, programs, telephone service, insurance, retirement, benefits, supplies and professional categories; increases in the salaries, postage, and equipment/furniture categories; and decreases in the categories of AV materials and utilities.
Please note: While Westbury is a school district library, its budget is separate from the school budget and the Carle Place Library Funding District's election takes place in the fall.
This year, two trustee seats on the library board are up for grabs and both are being sought in uncontested races. Current trustee Cosmas Bonaparte, who was appointed to the board to fill a vacancy, is seeking election to his own five-year term while Judy Gerard is running to fill the seat being vacated by retiring trustee C. Yvette Long. Trustee terms are five years.