Library Funding Proposition Passes

Canandaigua, NY (May 15, 2018)—By an unofficial count of 1,121 to 476, a funding proposition to secure an additional $20,000 in public funds for Wood Library has passed.  Community-based funding for the library will now stand at $668,000, an increase of 3.09%.

“Community support for the library’s mission remains strong,” said Library Director Jenny Goodemote after learning of the results.  “Incremental increases in community-based funding allow us to maintain services and programs that people need and value.  The approved tax levy increase provides stability in annual funding for the library; however, as in past years, we will need to raise additional private donations to fully fund the library’s operating budget which is projected to be $950,000 in 2019.”

“It is important to thank everyone who cast a vote today,” said Library Board President Laurie Riedman in a prepared statement.  “We do not take community support for granted.  The Board of Trustees is steadfast in its commitment to carefully steward public funds.  Every dollar that the community invests in Wood Library is an opportunity to enrich our community and transform the lives of real people who are our neighbors.  It is gratifying that so many value our community library and took time to voice their support by voting.”

The voter-approved library proposition authorizes the Canandaigua City School District to collect taxes on behalf of Wood Library in the amount of $668,000, starting with the October 2018 tax bill.  This will add $1.29 for the year on a property assessed at $150,000. The library tax will appear on school district property bills as a separate line item.

Wood Library is chartered by New York State to serve everyone who lives in the Canandaigua City School District.  It is a registered 501 (c) 3 non-profit association.  Its mission is to provide exceptional public library service in a comfortable and safe environment where people can satisfy their curiosity, stimulate their imaginations and connect to the local community and to the world.

Wood Library is a member of the Pioneer Library System.  Learn more at or contact Library Director Jenny Goodemote at 585-394-1381.