Library Gears Up for May 19 Vote

Library Gears Up for May 19 Vote

April 23, 2015 | Library News

With flat spending plans for the past two years, we are now gearing up for a May 19 vote on the library’s proposed 2016 budget. That spending plan carries a 1.6 percent increase, which is under the NYS property tax cap. This means that the average homeowner would pay about an extra $3.71 next year for the library.

In the voting booth on May 19, the proposition you’ll see is for the library’s proposed 2016 operating tax levy, which is $6,567,373. The estimated homestead tax rate will be $1.57 per $1,000 of assessed value.

When preparing the proposed budget plan, library leaders and board members worked hard to hold tight on expenses wherever possible, keeping budget lines the same, or lower, than this year. The additional funds in the 2016 budget will help us cover rising health insurance costs. While the increase is modest, the spending plan will allow the library to continue providing services, programs, and materials that educate, entertain, and empower our community.

Also on May 19, you’ll be casting ballots to fill two seats on the library’s Board of Trustees. Current trustees Esther Patterson and John Davis declined to run for re-election.

There are three candidates vying for two seats that each carry full five-year terms. Listed in ballot order, they are:

  • Elissa Kane of Cuyler Avenue (12209)
  • Michael Neppl of Elk Street (12207)
  • Lesley Paparone of Washington Avenue (12206)

We invite you to join us at one of these information sessions where you can learn more about the budget from our executive director. You’ll also be able to hear the candidates’ thoughts on library issues, and get to meet them. The sessions are:

  • May 4 (Monday) at 6:30 pm – Washington Avenue Branch (2nd floor community room)
  • May 11 (Monday) at 6:30 pm – Pine Hills Branch (large meeting room)

Stay tuned to the budget section and blog posts for budget and trustee candidate updates.

Information about voting locations are available at

Stephanie Simon

Stephanie Simon is manager of APL's Communication and Creative Services Department, which provides content and information for the library's website, social media, publications, videos, podcasts, and other outlets. Stephanie also manages APL's public relations and marketing efforts.