On May 16, 2017, Wood Library will ask Canandaigua City School District voters to consider Proposition #4 to increase community-based funding for the library by $18,000.
What is Proposition #4?
The library proposition will appear on the same ballot as the Canandaigua City School District budget. It asks voters to authorize the School District to levy and collect an annual tax for Wood Library in the amount of $648,000. This represents an increase of $18,000 over the base amount that was approved by voters in 2016.
How will it affect my taxes?
An increase of $18,000 in community-based funding will amount to a 2.8% tax levy increase, or an additional $1.19 for the entire year on a property assessed at $150,000. This is projected to be within the library’s state mandated tax cap. The proposed increase will impact your October 2017 property tax bill.
Why does the library need more money?
The Board of Trustees carefully monitors library expenses and revenue. The 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, we plan to increase the number of hours the library is open (at 9AM on weekdays starting in 2018).
How is the library tax levy used?
Community-based funding supports about 72% of the library’s operating budget. In 2018 library resources and fundraising will need to increase to $252,000, or 28% of the projected budget, to fully fund operations. Donations, fundraisers, state aid, endowment income, program grants, and some service fees help to fully fund the budget each year.
Why does Wood Library ask for funding this way?
State education law allows libraries to appeal directly to school district voters for community based funding and changes to the levy. An increase in the levy must be presented to school district voters for approval by proposition on a school district ballot.
How do people use Wood Library?
Wood Library is a vibrant community learning center that people use and rely on. In 2016—
Attendance at 1,523 library-sponsored programs rose 7%
eBook and digital audio downloads increased 22%
Wireless sessions were up 23%
Library meeting rooms were used 586 times by community organizations, up 61%
Total library visits were up 21%
Library services improve community literacy rates. Preschoolers learn pre-reading skills. Children and teens find ideas and information for school projects. Computer classes and technical help are offered to adults who are learning to use a computer and the internet.
People without computers or internet service at home use the library to apply for jobs, complete tax forms, print documents, and search for information. People use the library to find information about health and wellness, parenting, college financial aid, social services, consumer products, and local history. Powerful library databases are free to the public.
Last year, 3,647 children and teens participated in 187 summer-time activities to encourage reading for fun and creative expression, up 24% over the previous year. We added new play spaces, offered a wireless Hot Spot program to school district families, and partnered with many community organizations such as AARP, the Office for the Aging, the Canandaigua YMCA, and the Ewing Forum. Dozens of community groups use the library for meetings and events. People in our community read—229,734 materials circulated from Wood Library last year, up 3%!