On Tuesday, May 21, 2019, Canandaigua City School District voters will be asked to consider an increase in community-based funding for Wood Library. The increase is $32,268, or 4.83% over the base amount of $668,000 which was approved by voters in 2018. The change will increase the library property tax rate by approximately 1.3 cents per thousand of assessed property valuation, adding $1.99 to the tax bill of a property assessed at $150,000. This is projected to be within the library’s state-mandated tax cap.
As an essential community resource and center for learning, Wood Library offers hundreds of programs annually that encourage dialogue on important issues, improve literacy, enrich lives, support families, and expand cultural awareness. The library is a place where everyone is welcomed, connections are made, doors are opened, and information is shared.
Community-based funding and strong fundraising efforts, sustains and enhances the public library services and programs that people want and need.
The Board of Trustees continues to carefully monitor library expenses and revenue. The 2020 projected budget is $985,000, an increase of $35,000, driven mostly by mandated minimum wage increases and cost-of-living adjustments to salaries and benefits. In addition, the 2020 budget reflects strategic plan priorities such as: improved customer service, outreach to homebound persons, and technology updates. Library resources and fundraising will need to increase proportionately to $284,732, or 29% of the total projected budget, to fully fund operations.
The proposition for Wood Library will appear on the same ballot as the Canandaigua City School District budget on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Proposition #2 will ask voters to authorize the School District to levy and collect an annual tax for Wood Library in the amount of $700,268. Putting this proposal before the voters is the only way Wood Library can ask for an increase in community-based funding.
An information session will be offered at Wood Library Tuesday, May 14, at 7:00 PM.