Now that the harsh weather of this past winter is behind us, hopefully we can all start to enjoy some warmer and more pleasant days! Did any of you see us marching in the St. Patrick’s Day parade? I think Huntington considers that the unofficial first day of spring! We lucked out with a beautiful day and it was wonderful to see so many spectators cheering us on as we marched along.
We are busy at the library these days planning our renovation for the Main Library. We have completed the analysis of our collections and are anxiously awaiting some preliminary plans from our space designers.
In response to many patron requests, our new fiscal year budget includes expanding our operating hours to more closely coincide with the school year. We will stay open on Sundays and Friday evenings now from mid-September through mid-June. I thank all of you who came out to vote in our annual Budget Vote and Trustee Election.
2015-2016 PROPOSED LIBRARY BUDGET
The Huntington Public Library Board is once again able to offer the community a budget which will not exceed the New York State Tax Levy Cap of 2%. Based in part from the reduction of staff salaries and benefits (due to attrition and retirements), the budget proposal includes a tax increase of only 1.25%. Voters will be asked to approve a total levy of $8,817,225.00 on April 21, 2015. The modest increase in the proposed budget will feature increased funding for library programs, services, and materials which includes increasing our Sunday and Friday evening hours to coincide more closely with the school year. The budget also allows for a much needed investment in our facilities. We are planning to replace the heating/cooling units at the Main Library with new energy efficient models. We are also looking to install LED lighting to be more energy efficient and are looking to renovate our interior space to better serve the needs of our patrons.
Likewise, continued investment in technology will keep improving our electronic services. This budget allows the library to maintain all essentials while at the same time, remain fiscally responsible by keeping the tax levy low.
PROPOSED 2015-2016 ANNUAL BUDGET - CLICK HERE.
BUDGET PRESENTATION AND MEET THE CANDIDATES NIGHT:
Monday, April 13, 2015 5:30 pm - Main Building
BUDGET VOTE AND TRUSTEE ELECTION:
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 10:00 am - 9:00 pm - Main Building