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Library budget pokes above $4M

Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library seeks five for trustee positions

Voters residing in the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library District borders will have a chance to vote on their library’s 2013 budget this Primary Day, Sept. 13.

Voters residing in the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library District borders will have a chance to vote on their library’s 2013 budget this Primary Day, Sept. 13. Photo by Charles Wiff.

— Voters residing in the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library District borders will have a chance to vote on their library’s 2013 budget this Primary Day, Sept. 13.

The proposed budget is just over $4 million, a 2.2 percent increase over this year’s spending plan. The tax levy would stand at $3.7 million, resulting in an estimated 2.7percent tax rate increase, which for the average homeowner with a property assessed at $250,000 would mean a tax hike of about $4 for the year.

A line-by-line breakdown of the budget had not been released as of press time. Library Assistant Ann Cocca said that the biggest costs are for building maintenance, the automation system(for transactions of library items lent to patrons), health care and staff salaries. An itemized budget was promised to be posted on the library’s website, www.cphlibrary.org, in the near future.

The ibrary exists as a special district and as such does not receive any county funds. Cocca said the library implemented a salary freeze this year for its employees, who together make a workforce of 44 full-time equivalent positions.

The library is now in its sixth year at its new home at 475 Moe Road, which is the organization’s fourth home. The new building is LEED certified as energy efficient, and the library was built using $12.9 million in bonds. About $10.5million of that loan remains to be paid.

“The Library is still paying the bond off (for the building). It is a non-callable bond which cannot be paid off early,” said Cocca.

Every year the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library hosts 950 community programs along with 22,000 visitors to those programs, according to figures provided by the library.

Along with the budget, voters will also have the chance to vote for five seats open on the Board of Trustees. One seat must be filled by a Clifton Park resident, the other four by Halmoon residents.

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