Saturday, 13 April 2013 00:00
Westbury residents voted, 267 to 52, to approve the library’s $3,225,000 budget, which includes an increase in library services and a one percent decrease in taxes. The budget includes a $31,000 increase. The cost of library services passed along to tax payers will be $284.
The budget includes increasing spending for books by $15,000 and audiovisuals by $9,000. These increases will allow the library to purchase more bestsellers, both in print and for Nooks, as well as more music and movies.
Currently, over 21,000 Westbury and Carle Place residents are active cardholders at the library
Trustee Kenneth M. Little was also re-elected with 261 votes. Little, who ran unopposed, is returning for his third consecutive five-year term.
“I’m glad I was re-elected. It’s something I wanted to do. I still enjoy being on the board, and there’s different directions I think we’re going in and I’d like to be a part of it,” Little said.
Little said in his next term, he hopes to see a bigger book collection. The library has become even more technologically savvy recently, adding Kindles and iPads, but Little says that having an extensive book selection is still a priority. He says that the library is also hoping to get new carpeting and looking into possibly redoing the bathrooms.