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The 2014 Library Budget and Trustee Vote

Date: Thursday, April 17
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: H. Dutcher Community Room

Questions and Answers

When will the library vote be held?

The vote will be held on Thursday, April 17th, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the library's H. Dutcher Community Room. At 7 p.m. on April 14th, there will be a public hearing on the proposed budget and an opportunity to meet library Trustee candidate Darren Drabek, also in the H. Dutcher Community Room.

Who can vote?

Any school district resident who is a registered voter is eligible to vote. A voter registration opportunity will be held in the library on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for those who have not yet registered. Please call Marjorie Johnson at 584-7860 ext. 253 for information about absentee ballots.

What are we voting for?
  • Budget: The public will be voting on a proposition to collect $5,053,000 in school district property taxes in Fiscal Year 2014-2015 to operate the Saratoga Springs Public Library. This is a 2% increase in the amount approved for FY2013-14. The last increase in the levy was 1.5% in 2012, and prior to that the previous increase was in 2008.
  • Trustee: Darren Drabek, or Saratoga Springs, is running unopposed for election to the library's board of trustees.
What happens if the budget doesn't pass?

Unlike public school budgets, the law does not allow for any changes if the budget is defeated, and unless the library board decides to hold a second budget vote (highly unlikely), the library would still receive the same amount appropriated in FY 2013-2014. Should the proposed budget not pass, the library board will decide what budget lines and services will be reduced.

What will be happening in the coming year?

Once again, we broke borrowing records in 2013. Over the past several years, we have been engaged in a process to remodel the library's interior in order to modernize and improve services. The proposed budget will not only allow us to continue to meet the growing demand for library services, but also allow us to make long-planned improvements and repairs to our aging mechanical systems, including replacing the roof, and continuing to take preventive measures to ensure that our HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system is in good working order.

Impact on Taxes:

Because equalization rates and complete assessment data are not yet available, school district officials cannot yet estimate the tax rate impact on residential properties.

View the Press Release

Planning for the Future: Guardianship & Supplemental Needs Trusts

Date: Wednesday, April 23
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: H. Dutcher Community Room

Parents as Advocates: This presentation will focus on the ways in which parents and other family members can ensure that there will always be a legally empowered advocate to make decisions on behalf of a loved one with a disability. Learn about the essential components of a Special Needs Estate Plan and the different types of Special Needs Trusts used in this type of planning. Facilitated by Clifton Park and Glens Falls Attorney Tara Anne Pleat who concentrates in this area.

Attracting Birds to Your Backyard

Date: Thursday, April 24
Time: Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Location: H. Dutcher Community Room

We all enjoy the birds in our own backyards. In this slide-illustrated program, Denise Hackert-Stoner of Naturelogues covers the basics of attracting birds with food, water, and shelter. She will cover types of feeders and feed, plantings and cover for birds, and common questions such as how to deal with squirrels and hawks. Photographs show many of the common and less common backyard visitors to the northeast. Enjoy the show, and bring your questions!

The award-winning nature photography of Scott Stoner and Denise Hackert-Stoner of Naturelogues has been exhibited in many galleries throughout New York’s Capital region. Their work has appeared in numerous publications including Birder’s World, New York State Conservationist and the new book, New York Wildlife Viewing Guide.