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Library Budget & Trustee Vote - Questions and Answers

Date: Thursday, April 13
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: H. Dutcher Community Room

Official Press Release Document

When will the library vote be held?
The vote will be held on Thursday, April 13th, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the library’s H. Dutcher Community Room. At 7 p.m. on Monday, April 10th, there will be a public hearing on the proposed budget and an opportunity to meet library Trustee candidate Janet Lindner, 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 22, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for those who have not yet registered. Please call Marjorie Johnson at 518-584-7860 x253 for information about absentee ballots.
What are we voting for?
  • Budget: The public will be voting on a proposition to collect $5,103,600 in school district property taxes in Fiscal Year 2017-2018 to operate the Saratoga Springs Public Library. This is a 0.5% increase in the amount approved for FY2016-2017.
  • Trustee: Janet Lindner, of Saratoga Springs, is running unopposed for re-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 receive the same amount appropriated in FY 2016-2017. Should the proposed budget not pass, the library board will reconsider how the funds are allocated.
What will be happening in the coming year?
With over 850,000 items borrowed in 2016, and a 7% increase in program attendance over 2015, library use continues to be very high. The proposed budget will not only allow us to continue to meet the high demand for library services, but also allow us to continue to make improvements and repairs to our aging mechanical systems, including plans to replace the cooling tower.
Impact on Taxes:
Although we do not yet have access to tax equalization rates, little to no change in tax impact is anticipated because the proposed tax levy increase is one-half of 1%.
For further information with facts and figures, please see the official press release.

Nia Mind-body Movement

Date: Wednesday, March 29
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: H. Dutcher Community Room

Nia is a no-impact cardiovascular mind-body movement that combines elements of martial arts, dance arts and healing arts, including yoga, Tae Kwon Do, Jazz, Alexander Technique and Tai Chi. Join certified Nia instructor Linda Wilkes of Nia with Linda for this introductory class for people of all ages and ability levels. Please wear comfortable exercise or yoga clothing and bring a yoga mat. ?No registration required.

Attract Birds & Butterflies to Your Garden

Date: Thursday, March 30
Time: Noon
Location: H. Dutcher Community Room

Create a sanctuary in your yard this year for birds and butterflies. Besides being fun to watch, birds and butterflies play an important role in pollinating flowers, helping control pests and scattering seeds. Join gardening expert Suzanne Balet Haight of Balet Flowers & Design to learn how to choose plantings and garden features that attract and nurture birds and butterflies. No registration required.