The 2021 Library Budget and Trustee Vote – Questions & Answers
When will the library vote be held?
The vote will be held on Thursday, June 17th, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the library’s H. Dutcher Community Room. Information about absentee ballots is available from the Library District Clerk, at 518-584-7860, or at the library between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. At 7 p.m. on Monday, June 14th, there will be a public hearing on the proposed budget and an opportunity to meet library Trustee candidates Frank Brady and Carol Daggs, via Zoom. The presentation will be streamed live on the library’s website and Facebook page.
Who can vote?
Any Saratoga Springs City School District resident who is a registered voter is eligible to vote.
What are we voting for?
- Budget: The public will be voting on a proposition to collect $5,205,672 in school district property taxes in Fiscal Year 2021-2022 to operate the Saratoga Springs Public Library. This is the same amount approved for FY2019-20 and FY2020-21, with no increase.
- Trustees: Frank Brady, of Wilton, and Carol Daggs, of Saratoga Springs, are running for election to the library’s board of trustees. There are two vacancies created by the expiration of the current terms of Mr. Brady and Kristen Dart.
What happens if the budget doesn’t pass?
Although a vote is not legally required for a zero-growth budget, the library’s Board and Administration want to be certain that citizens have the opportunity to weigh in on the budget proposal. 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 2020-2021. Should the proposed budget not pass, the library board will reconsider how the funds are allocated.
What will be happening in the coming year?
Following an extraordinary year, we are looking forward to a fuller reopening as conditions continue to improve. During and after our COVID-19 closure, use of library digital materials has soared, and staff have pivoted to presenting programs virtually, via Zoom and our social media channels, and answering reference and reader queries via e-mail, phone, and chat. Even as we expand our reopening, we anticipate that these new modes of delivering our services will be with us well into the future.
The proposed budget will allow us to continue to meet the high demand for library services, which we anticipate will grow during our recovery, and to expand and improve access to vital technology and information resources.
Additionally, we are in the finishing stages of a long-range planning process, and will soon be releasing a new plan, based on input gathered from the community, that will be the roadmap for our services over the next several years.
Saratoga Springs Public Library Proposed FY2021-22 Budget
More questions? Contact A. Issac Pulver, Library Director at 518-584-7860