The Smithtown Special Library District will hold its budget vote and trustee election on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The proposed tax levy is estimated to increase $8.34 annually for the average assessed house in the Town of Smithtown. According to library officials, this increase is within the limits of the New York State tax cap. By allocating monies from earlier fund balances, the library can meet anticipated budget needs for operational costs and mandated New York State expenses while observing the property tax cap.
Currently the average household pays $291.25 annually in library taxes. That number, if the budget is passed, will increase to $299.59.
A copy of the budget can be found in the photo gallery section of this story.
Four candidates are vying for two trustee seats.
Rosalind Palazzolo of St. James, Wayne J. Schaefer of Smithtown, Suzanne Mohr of Smithtown and incumbent John C. Martins will run. Trustee Charles Sauer is not seeking re-election. A list of candidate bios can be found here.
All residents in the Town of Smithtown are assigned a home branch of the library at which to vote. Any resident may vote at any of the open buildings; however, voters who choose not to go to their home branch will vote by paper ballot, not machine. To find out where to vote, click here.