Look for Proposition #4 on School District Ballot

May 20, 2020 (Canandaigua, NY)—A proposition for Wood Library funding will appear on the Canandaigua City School District ballot that will be mailed to all qualified voters in the school district later this month.  Proposition #4 asks voters to authorize the Canandaigua City School District to levy and collect an annual tax for Wood Library in the amount of $720,268, starting with the 2020-2021 tax bill.  If approved by voters, the library levy would increase by 2.86%, or $20,000, and add 90 cents ($.90) to the entire tax bill of a property assessed at $150,000.  Putting this proposal before the voters is the only way Wood Library can ask for an increase in community-based funding.


“Wood Library is an essential community resource and center for learning offering access to digital services and virtual programs people rely on,” states Wood Library Executive Director Jenny Goodemote.  “Wood Library is more than a building.  While the physical library is temporarily closed, we continue to serve the community and fulfill our mission.  Virtual programs have replaced in-person storytimes and classes.  We have purchased additional eBooks and digital audio-books to meet demand.  We are helping people access and connect to digital services and trustworthy information.”


Wood Library’s projected 2021 budget is $981,600.  The proposed increase in community-based funding addresses projected mandated minimum-wage increases and cost-of-living adjustments to salaries and benefits.  Library resources and fundraising will represent 27% of the projected budget, or $261,332.


“We acknowledge that these are difficult times for many people,” asserts Library Board President Laurie Riedman. “Wood Library is now operating on a contingency budget that reflects the current health and economic crises and uncertainty of 2020.  School district voters have authorized a levy for Wood Library since 2012.  We are grateful for this support.  Community-based funding, along with donations, allow us to continue to fulfill our mission and provide the essential services and programs people need.”


Ballots will be mailed to qualified voters by the Canandaigua City School District Clerk at the end of May.  Ballots must be completed and received by the School District Clerk, 143 N Pearl St, Canandaigua, NY 14424, by 5:00PM, on June 16, 2020, or they will not be counted.


Voters are invited to participate in a community presentation on library funding on Wednesday, May 27, at 6:30PM via Zoom.  The link to the live presentation can be requested by sending a message to woodlibrary@owwl.org.  More information about the library proposition and Wood Library can be found at woodlibrary.org.  Please direct questions to Wood Library Executive Director Jenny Goodemote at woodlibrary@owwl.org.