Apr 252017

Proposition #4 asks voters to authorize an increase of $18,000 in the levy for library operations

On Tuesday, May 16, 2017, Canandaigua City School District voters will be asked to consider a proposition to increase community-based funding for Wood Library by $18,000.  This is an increase of 2.8% over the base amount of $630,000 which was approved by voters in 2016.  If approved, the increase will add $1.19 to the tax bill of a property assessed at $150,000, and is projected to be within the library’s state-mandated tax cap.

“As an essential community resource and learning center, Wood Library offers hundreds of programs annually that contribute to dialogue on important issues, improve literacy, enrich lives, and expand cultural awareness,” asserts Library Board President Katherine Nevin.  “The library is a place where everyone is welcomed, connections are made, doors are opened, and information is shared.  It adds tremendous value to our quality of life and the documented return on taxpayer investment is in the millions of dollars.”

Wood Library’s 2018 projected budget is $900,000, which reflects an increase of $24,656 driven by cost-of-living adjustments to salaries and benefits, including mandated minimum wage increases.  In response to public requests, the library will increase the number of hours the library is open (9AM on weekdays starting in 2018).  Library resources and fundraising will need to increase proportionately to $252,000, or 28% of the projected budget, to fully fund operations.

The library proposition will appear on the same ballot as the Canandaigua City School District budget.  Proposition #4 will ask voters to authorize the School District to levy and collect an annual tax for Wood Library in the amount of $648,000.  Putting this proposal before the voters is the only way Wood Library can ask for an increase in community-based funding.

Two information sessions will be offered at Wood Library:  Tuesday, May 9, at 7:00 PM and Wednesday, May 10, at 12:00 PM.  Additional information can be found at woodlibrary.org/vote.

Please direct questions about the May 16 vote and Proposition #4 to Board President Katherine Nevin or Library Director Jenny Goodemote.