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Colonie town board split on deficit fixes

The plan also recommends studying the advantages of consolidating the Youth Bureau and Senior Resources Department into the Community Resources Department under the Parks and Recreation Department.

"They're all in the people business," said Hogan.

Another part of Hogan's plan calls for cutting library operation hours and reducing library book purchases by $125,000.

Willliam K. Sanford Library Director Robert Jaquay said the library cuts proposed by Hogan's plan are unreasonable.

"This kind of cutback would be devastating, and I'm shocked it was proposed," he said, "I think the people suggesting this plan really don't know what we're about, and I don't think these people really understand what we do."

Jaquay said the library, which currently operates 72 hours per week, has already suffered due to cutbacks that have been in place all year.

"There are really issues in the town financially, and I appreciate that, but the library over the years has run a very tight ship. We haven't asked for much of an increase," he said.

According to Jaquay, the library created a budget last year with a zero percent increase from the previous year's $2.5 million budget, which all but a small amount comes from the town.

"We recognized that the town was having financial issues, and in response to that, we decided to hold the book budget, but as book prices go up, demand goes up. Some libraries in this area's book budgets are far greater than ours."

But Jaquay thinks the Republicans' proposal does not consider the coverage area the library serves. "I don't think we overspent the budget, I think we were right on target, but we're dealing with the size of Colonie. We're the sole library in Colonie."

As a resident of Colonie, Jaquay said he supports the idea of the supervisor's plan that includes a one-time corrective tax.

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