Canandaigua, NY (May 16, 2017)—By an unofficial count of 1,250 to 588, a funding proposition to secure an additional $18,000 in public funds for Wood Library has passed. Community-based funding for the library will now stand at $648,000, an increase of 2.8%.
“Community support for the library’s mission is strong,” said Library Director Jenny Goodemote after learning of the results. “Modest increases in community-based funding help us continue to offer the library services and programs that people in the community need and value. The approved tax levy increase provides stability in annual funding for the library, but we will also continue to raise private donations to fully fund next year’s operating budget which is projected to be $900,000 in 2018.”
“We are grateful to those in the community who cast a vote today,” expressed Library Board President Kathi Nevin in a prepared statement. “We do not take community support for granted and will leverage public funds with private donations to continue to offer services and learning programs that enrich lives.”
The voter-approved library proposition authorizes the Canandaigua City School District to collect taxes on behalf of Wood Library in the amount of $648,000, starting with the October 2017 tax bill. This will add $1.19 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.