Library Budget Vote and Trustee Election May 15

Albany city residents go to the polls Tuesday, May 15, to vote on the Albany Public Library 2013 tax levy and to choose three new members for the Board of Trustees.

The proposed 2013 operating tax levy of $6,434,764 reflects a 2.6 percent increase, which falls within the property tax cap formula as directed by the NYS Comptroller. If approved by voters, this increase would mean that the owner of a $150,000 home would pay approximately $5.62 more per year for the library, or 11 cents a week.

“We feel this is a prudent and fiscally responsible budget that will allow us to maintain services at our seven neighborhood libraries,” said Library Executive Director Carol Nersinger. The budget was approved by the Board of Trustees, a nine-member group that oversees library operations and is elected by voters.

Also on the ballot May 15 is the election of three members of the library’s Board of Trustees. Four candidates are running for three seats on the library board, all of which carry full five-year terms. The candidates, listed in ballot order, are: Arlene Way of Second Street, Daniel Curtis of Spring Street, Vince Quackenbush of Stanwix Street, and Mary-Ellen Piché of Elm Street. The open seats are currently held by Dennis Gaffney, Mary Ellen O’Connor, and Leonard Ricchiuti, all of whom are leaving the board when their terms conclude on June 30.

The public is invited to a budget presentation and candidate forum at the Main Library on Wednesday, May 9, at 6 p.m. Library leaders will present the proposed 2013 budget, and the trustee candidates will speak to the public.

On May 15, polls are open from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m.

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