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2.75 Percent Increase for 2013 Library Budget

Library board says on average residents can expect an $8.34 increase per household.

 

The Smithtown Special Library District unanimously adopted the 2013 budget, with an increase of 2.75 percent over last year’s budget, at a special meeting held Friday afternoon.

According to library treasurer, Joanne T. Grove, the raise, though exceeds the state mandated two percent property tax cap, is allowed.

“There is a carry over from the past two years and a certain growth factor that you can apply to the formula, which is determined by the New York State Comptroller’s staff," said Grove.

If residents approve the budget, they can expect to see, on average, about an $8.34 increase per household. Currently the average household pays $291.25 annually in library taxes. That number, if the budget is passed, will increase to $299.59.

Mounting retirement costs as well as the cost of adding new materials and collections were reasons cited for the increase.

Library Director, Robert Lusak, said that now that the expansion is complete, the libraries need to add materials.

“We plan on beefing up our collections and programming,” said Lusak. “2.75 percent equates to a very small number with the increase of services we will do over the next few years.”

The board also agreed to borrow about $300,000 from the fund balance to help fray retirement costs. According to numbers stated at the meeting, there was $3.1 million in the 2011 fund balance.

There was but according to Lusak it would be “soon”.

The complete budget was not available at the Friday special meeting and was not available at the time this story was published. 

The budget vote and trustee election takes place on Oct. 9 from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Voters will cast ballots to fill positons of Trustee Charles A. Sauer and John C. Martins, whose  terms expire this year.

The library will be hosting a Meet the Candidates Night on Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Smithtown main library.

new guy September 12, 2012 at 09:22 PM
What a waste of money. The increases will never end.
Alyssa September 13, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Seriously, an increase? And for the love of all that is holy WHEN is the KP branch going to be opened??
Argile September 13, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Honestly, the $8 increase is nothing compared to the $500 school tax increase I got this past January. At least the money goes to the library itself unlike the school district where the money goes to grease people's pockets.
Nesconset Dude September 13, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Yes, literacy is a terrible thing.
Boobie September 13, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Although they say it'll be $8 per family, it never winds up like that, just as with school budgets. I recently visited the Smithtown Library Commack Branch and although the building was renovated/repaired, after YEARS of neglect, there are no new compute resources, multi-media labs, high-tech meeting areas, etc. The books appear to be the same collection of mildewed editions I saw five years ago. This all leads me to believe the bulk of this huge tax/fee is going to payroll (Commack has two reference librarians, who were not busy when I visited), benefits and other 'soft' budget items.
KPLifer September 13, 2012 at 11:07 AM
Complete waste of money.. Close three of the five buildings.. Vote out all current board members... Give all,residents e-readers. We have lived without the Smithtown and kp branch for two year which proves they are not needed!! Vote no!!
Dave Adams September 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM
“There is a carry over from the past two years and a certain growth factor that you can apply to the formula, which is determined by the New York State Comptroller’s staff," said Grove. <--- there is always a LOOPHOLE to evade any caps. Mounting retirement costs <---- another issue that's killing this country, funding the retirements of public workers. I'm in the private sector and although I've been saving for years, I doubt I;'ll have anything like the public sector gets. Guess I picked the wrong line of work...
Barbara September 13, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Seems when you go to Commack library on Indian Head Rd. and try to register for a program, all good programs are filled which suggests not enough programs available to fill the demand. With our sky high budget, what's the point if the community is turned away. And the delay with the Kings Park Library is unacceptable. There should be input from residents as to the types of programs offered. Nesconset offers more interesting classes and why should patrons have to travel to other branches to get classes. Frustrating!
Rose September 13, 2012 at 03:30 PM
They will if enough people get off their asses and vote & make their anger known!
localguy September 13, 2012 at 06:37 PM
no problem, $8 here, $500 there, $65 there, .... fuel oil going up, up up...... gas going through the roof which not only impacts my cost of driving but impacts the cost of almost all other items you will find in stores..... Never ends. Then when i want to take a little trip off the Island for a weekend, BAM!!! the tolls are like $12-$15!! So while $8 isn't really much it just adds to the totals of everything else combined. I really don't know how so many of our seniors can afford staying in a place they lived in for the past few decades.
Dave Adams September 13, 2012 at 06:48 PM
reverse mortgages, they can't make it on SS alone.
Rose September 13, 2012 at 09:29 PM
There is plenty of literacy to be found without excessive tax hikes. Most children do not even use a library. Seems like most customers are older folks taking out free movies. If you like it so much, you can pay my share.
Not a Dinosaur September 13, 2012 at 11:23 PM
I have two children who recently graduated KPHS with honors, and are now attending two fine universities. Neither one spent 15 minutes in the KP library doing research. It's was all done on line. When are we going to realize that library buildings have gone the way of the horse and wagon?
Not a Dinosaur September 13, 2012 at 11:23 PM
I have two children who recently graduated KPHS with honors, and are now attending two fine universities. Neither one spent 15 minutes in the KP library doing research. It's was all done on line. When are we going to realize that library buildings have gone the way of the horse and wagon?
LINYattitude September 14, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Am voting NO...no more taxes enough is enough....
John K Massaro September 14, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Take a look at the pic I just posted above. Can anybody tell me what is wrong with it?
Argile September 14, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Get back to us when the residents of Smithtown actually vote the school budget down. Even though a school was closed, the new super got a raise before he even started working, and music classes got cut I'm sure the budget will still pass.
Dave Adams September 14, 2012 at 02:49 PM
You must be referring to the fact that the workers that put up the sign cannot spell? I noticed it right away, and it was corrected a few days later.
Nesconset Dude September 14, 2012 at 03:26 PM
The libraries aren't going away, so deal with it. Not for nothing, the libraries provide additional functions outside books and the Nesconset branch is always active. Not to mention the fact that, in the case of the Nesconset branch, you have a nice, brand new library surrounded by parkland that enhances the surrounding community which, in turn, enhances your property value. If you can't deal with it, move.
John K Massaro September 14, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Gotta admit though, misspelling on a library sign is pretty ironic & damn funny...
Cathy September 15, 2012 at 11:34 AM
Not just seniors, local guy, all residents.
Cathy September 15, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Typical of today's society.

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