Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Library Budget Up for Vote May 18

Albany city residents go to the polls Tuesday, May 18, to vote on the Albany Public Library 2011 tax levy and to choose two new members for the Library Board of Trustees.

The proposed 2011 tax levy of $7,037,277 reflects a 4.9 percent increase in the annual library tax levy. If approved by voters, this increase would mean that the owner of a $100,000 home would pay approximately $5.71 more per year, or less than two cents a day.
Also on the ballot May 18 is the election of two members of the library’s Board of Trustees. Five candidates are running for two seats on the library board, both of which carry full five-year terms. The candidates, listed in ballot order, are: José Lopez of View Avenue, Mary (Mimi) Mounteer of Manning Boulevard, Roberta Sims of Northern Boulevard, Robert Chaumont 0f South Pearl Street, and Esther Patterson of Grandview Terrace. All five are running for seats that Mounteer and Patterson currently hold.

The public is invited to a budget presentation and candidate forum at the Main Library on Wednesday, May 12, at 7 p.m. Library leaders will present the proposed 2011 budget, and the five trustee candidates will speak to the public.

Albany Public Library is experiencing a period of unprecedented growth, with five branch libraries opening across the city in just eight months. The libraries that voters approved in 2007 are now emerging in the city and are fast becoming popular destinations in their communities. Fully renovated libraries opened in the Pine Hills, Delaware, and South End neighborhoods in November and December of last year and March of this year. Two newly constructed branch libraries are set to open in the New Scotland neighborhood in May and the Arbor Hill/West Hill neighborhood in June.

More HERE.

Not incidentally, the board of the Friends of the Albany Public Library passed a resolution supporting the library budget at its meeting on April 26.

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