Wood Library Funding Vote May 21

On Tuesday, May 21, 2019, Canandaigua City School District voters will consider a proposition to increase community-based funding for Wood Library by $32,268.  This is an increase of 4.83% over the base amount of $668,000 which was approved by voters in 2018.  If approved, the increase will add $1.99 for the entire year to the tax bill of a property assessed at $150,000, and is projected to be within the library’s state-mandated tax cap.

“Wood Library is truly a community hub and center for life-long learning where everyone is welcomed,” asserts Library Board President Laurie Riedman.  “Our meeting rooms are used by dozens of local organizations free-of-charge.  Attendance at hundreds of library-sponsored programs is up 7%.  In addition to traditional public library services, people can come to the library to learn a new language, research family history, sign up for health insurance, and borrow WiFi hotspots.  We are exploring services for home-bound persons and the library will play an important role in ensuring an accurate census count in 2020.”

Wood Library’s 2020 projected budget is $985,000.  The proposed increase reflects mandated minimum wage increases and cost-of-living adjustments to salaries and benefits.  Additionally, the 2020 budget incorporates strategic plan priorities such as improved customer service, outreach to home-bound persons, and technology upgrades.  Library resources and fundraising will increase proportionately to $284,732, or 29% of the projected budget, to fully fund operations.

The library proposition will appear on the same ballot as the Canandaigua City School District budget.  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 on Tuesday, May 14, at 7:00PM.  Additional information can be found at woodlibrary.org/vote.  For information about Wood Library, go to woodlibrary.org or call 585.394.1381.  Please direct questions about the May 21 vote and Proposition #2 to Board President Laurie Riedman or Library Director Jenny Goodemote.

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