Library Funding Proposition on School District Ballot
Proposition #4 will appear on the Canandaigua City School District ballot that will be mailed to all qualified voters at the end of May.
A completed ballot must be received by the School District Clerk before 5:00PM on June 16, 2020, or your vote will not be counted. The address is 143 North Pearl St, Canandaigua, NY 14424.
What is Proposition #4?
A proposition for library funding 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 $720,268. This represents an increase of $20,000 over the base amount that was approved by voters in 2019. The library levy was first authorized by Canandaigua City School district voters in May 2012.
How do I vote and is it different this year?
Qualified registered voters who reside in the Canandaigua City School District will receive a ballot. Voters must complete the ballot and return it to the School District Clerk before 5:00PM on June 16, 2020, or your vote will not be counted. Please use the self-addressed, postage paid envelope that is provided. There will be no in person voting this year. If you do not receive a ballot, but believe you are a qualified voter, please contact the School District Clerk Deborah Sundlov at 585.396.3700.
How will it affect my taxes?
An increase of $20,000 in community-based funding will amount to a 2.86% tax levy increase, or an additional 90 cents for the entire year on a property assessed at $150,000. We expect this increase to fall within the allowable tax cap limit. The proposed increase will impact your October 2020 property tax bill.
Why does the library need more money?
The Board of Trustees continues to carefully monitor library expenses and revenue. The 2021 projected budget is $981,600. Community-based funding increases are driven by mandated minimum wage increases and cost-of-living adjustments to salaries and benefits.
How is the tax levy used?
Community-based funding supports just 73% of the library’s operating budget. In 2021, library resources and fundraising will represent 27% of the projected budget, or $261,332 generated from donations, fundraisers, endowment income, program grants, and some service fees.
Why does Wood Library ask for funding this way?
State education law allows libraries to appeal 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.
How do people use Wood Library?
Wood Library is an essential community resource and learning center offering access to digital services people rely on. In 2019—
eBooks and digital audiobooks downloaded from library collections increased by 47%
use of library meeting rooms by community organizations rose by 10%
18,135 people attended library-sponsored programs, an increase of 5%
353 people attended 282 digital literacy classes
Logins on the library’s 26 public computers rose by 7%
34 WiFi hotspots were loaned to people who have no internet service at home
Library services improve community literacy. Preschoolers learn early-reading skills. Children and teens use the library to complete homework and school projects. Computer classes and technical assistance are offered to adults. People without internet access can borrow WiFi hotspots or use the library’s computers to apply for jobs, complete tax forms, apply for health insurance, 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, local businesses, and local history. Powerful library databases are free for the public to use.
Last year, 5,512 children and teens participated in 206 summer reading programs which encourage reading and learning for fun, up 8% from the previous year.
We offer discounted museum and park passes, a story walk, notary service, art exhibits, fishing poles, wellness kits, and adventure backpacks. Partnerships with dozens of community organizations present additional opportunities that enrich lives and strengthen the community.
People in our community read—234,252 materials circulated from Wood Library in 2019.
How has the library been impacted by COVID-19?
Wood Library’s building is temporarily closed but we have adapted to fulfill our mission and meet patrons’ needs. Some staff are furloughed while others work from home. Virtual programs have replaced in-person storytimes and classes. We are purchasing additional eBooks and downloadable audio-books to keep up with demand. The librarians are helping people access free digital services like Libby and Ancestry. Partnerships allow us to offer educational webinars on topics that make sense for the times. We are supporting groups that used to meet at the library, but are now using Zoom to stay connected. Our WiFi is on so that people can access the internet from outside our building.