May 17 is Budget Vote & Trustee Election

May 10, 2022 | Library News

The library’s budget vote and trustee election are set for Tuesday, May 17, from 7 am until 9 pm.

Read the voter information packet

 

BUDGET VOTE

Albany city residents go to the polls Tuesday, May 17, to vote on the Albany Public Library 2022-2023 tax levy. The budget plan was unanimously approved by the library’s Board of Trustees at its March 8 meeting. 

The proposed 2022-2023 operating tax levy of $7,372,420 reflects a 2.5 percent increase in the annual total tax levy, which is under the NYS tax cap. If approved by voters in May, this increase means that the owner of a $150,000 home would pay approximately $5.98 more in library taxes next year.

“The proposed budget is a sensible plan that allows us to continue operating seven library branches for the people of Albany,” said Sarah Shearer, president of the APL Board of Trustees. “After three years of not asking for an increase to our tax levy, this year we are asking taxpayers to consider a very modest increase. Like everyone else, the library is dealing with rising costs for just about every facet of our operation, including books, utilities, facility maintenance, gas, and cleaning supplies. The small increase, along with more use of our fund balance, is necessary to continue current services and operations.”

“Albany Public Library is a lean organization that lives within its means, while still providing quality services and resources to the Albany community,” said Melanie Metzger, interim director. “We continue to make the most of the resources we have, but for the first time since 2018 we are asking residents for a small increase to cover higher operating costs. For the average homeowner in our city, that increase amounts to less than the cost of a fast food hamburger and fries meal.”

 

TRUSTEE ELECTION

Ten candidates will be on the May 17 ballot for four seats on the Albany Public Library Board of Trustees.

The following Albany residents submitted valid nominating petitions to the City School District of Albany and will appear on the ballot in this order:
(1) Sarah Macinski of Edgewood Ave.
(2) Gene Damm of Fairlawn Ave.
(3) Kevin Whitehead of Wood Terr.
(4) Paige A. Barnum of Lancaster St.
(5) Lynnette D. Robinson of Beverly Ave.
(6) Ford P.R. McLain of Elm St.
(7) Kirsten Broschinsky of Edgewood Ave.
(8) Andrea C. West of Edgecomb St.
(9) Tabora D. Marcus of 2nd St.
(10) Carlos Velasquéz of Jefferson St.

Three APL board vacancies are due to the expiration of incumbent trustees’ terms, and the fourth is to fill the balance of an unexpired term. The top three vote getters will be elected to serve full five-year terms. The person receiving the fourth highest number of votes will be elected to serve four years of an unexpired term.

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.