Monday, May 09, 2011

Albany library officials explain budget; candidates debate

Albany Public Library officials will present their proposed budget, which calls for a 25 percent property tax increase, to the public Monday night at the library's main branch.

Residents will be asked to vote on the spending plan May 17, the same night the city school district's $206.5 million budget is on the ballot.

The library budget totals $9.56 million, with $8.79 million coming from taxes. Of that tax levy, $6.94 million is to run the libraries, with the rest going to pay the construction debt associated with the five new and renovated neighborhood branches.

Monday night's meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at the main branch at 161 Washington Ave. It will also include an opportunity to meet the four candidates running for two open seats on the board of trustees. They are Donna Dixon, Felix Mendoza, Jose Lopez and Timothy Smith.

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