Voting will be on Thursday, September 7, 2017 from 4-8pm in the library. Absentee ballot applications are available. These must be received by mail on August 21.
The West Hurley Public Library Board proposes an operating budget of $219,504 for the 2018 financial year. Proposed Budget
The proposed budget increase of $6,017 is apportioned as follows: -3.6% for building/utilities expenses, 8% for operational expenses, 2.6% for videos and eBooks, and 93% for staff expenditures. Staff expenditures are higher than usual because the library is beginning to increase wages in expectation of the higher minimum wage.
Funding the proposed budget requires a budget increase of 2.9%. An owner of a $200,000 home would expect a tax increase of about $2.18. Copies of the budget are available in the library or online at http://westhurleylibrary.org/.
Annual circulation was about 30,000 items in 2016 and we appear to be on a similar pace this year. With the support of the Stewart’s Corp, we added to the children’s read-along packs. We supported the AARP Tax Help Program, AARP Defensive Driving Class, and the Office of the Aging’s Medicare counseling for seniors. The library has expanded its offerings for adults to include more life skills classes including gardening, aromatherapy, and food skills.
The library has an active Friends group which provides funding for additional materials and library facilities beyond those covered by the budget. The Friends Group raised funds to co-sponsor Big Truck Day in the spring, to partner with the Woodstock Elementary School PTA to create a 1000 Books Program to encourage early literacy, to offer canvas bags for new patrons, and to provide refreshments at library events.
There are five positions available on the board. The candidates running for election to the board are Patricia Heinitz, Robert Hoffman, Howard Keene, and Roseann Walz.