Library Vote

Voters support proposition for library funding

On May 15, 2018, a proposition to increase community-based funding for Wood Library passed by a margin of 70% to 30%.  A total of 1,597 registered voters from the Canandaigua City School District cast a vote.

What is Proposition #2?

A proposition for library funding appeared on the same ballot as the Canandaigua City School District budget.  It asked voters to authorize the School District to levy and collect an annual tax for Wood Library in the amount of $668,000. This represents an increase of $20,000 over the base amount that was approved by voters in 2017.

How will it affect my taxes?

An increase of $20,000 in community-based funding will amount to a 3.09% tax levy increase, or an additional $1.29 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 increase will impact your October 2018 property tax bill.

Why does the library need more money?

The Board of Trustees carefully monitors library expenses and revenue.  The 2019 projected budget is $950,000, an increase of $50,000, driven mostly by mandated minimum wage increases and cost-of-living adjustments to salaries and benefits.  In addition, the 2019 budget addresses rising costs for critical and popular library services like OWWL2GO and the WiFi Hot Spot program, and digital services like Freegal and JobNOW.

How is the library tax levy used?

Community-based funding supports about 70% of the library’s operating budget. In 2019, library resources and fundraising will need to increase to $282,000, or 30% 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 2017—

  • Attendance at 1,019 library-sponsored programs rose 8%
  • eBook and digital audio downloads increased 7%
  • Wireless sessions were up 22%
  • Library meeting rooms were used 520 times by community organizations
  • Total library visits were up 26%

Library services improve community literacy. Preschoolers learn early-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 for the public to use.

Last year, 3,966 children and teens participated in 181 summer-time activities to encourage reading for fun and creative expression, up 8% over the previous year. We offered a wireless Hot Spot program to Canandaigua City School District families, and partnered with many community organizations such as AARP, the Ontario County Office for the Aging, Literacy Volunteers of Ontario-Yates, Bristol Valley Theater, and the 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse. Dozens of community groups use the library for meetings and events. People in our community read—243,528 materials circulated from Wood Library last year, up 6%!