Budget Approved by Voters

Budget Approved by Voters

May 20, 2015 | Library News

Thank you Albany! Voters approved our 2016 budget by a total of 2,177 to 879 on May 19.

“Albany Public Library provides vital resources and services to the residents of Albany. It is gratifying to know the citizens of Albany support our ongoing efforts to educate, entertain, and empower the community,” said Executive Director Scott Jarzombek. “The library trustees, supporters, and staff truly appreciate the ongoing support of Albany’s residents. Their continued support will allow us to maintain the buildings, services, and programs of our award-winning library system.”

The approved 2016 library operating tax levy is $6,567,373 and carries an increase of 1.6 percent. The owner of a $150,000 home in the city of Albany will pay about an extra $3.71 for the library next year. The estimated homestead rate for the 2016 library tax is $1.57 per $1,000 of assessed value. This is the first library budget increase since 2013.

Two new trustees were also elected: Elissa Kane and Michael Neppl. Both will begin five-year terms in July.

Stephanie Simon

Stephanie Simon is APL's public information officer, and manages the library's communications, public relations, and marketing efforts. No, she isn't a librarian, but feels as if she's among her people here at the library.