Wood Library Funding Vote Passes

With 1,367 ballots cast, voters approve $73,250 levy increase for Wood Library


May 17, 2022 (Canandaigua, NY)—A proposition for Wood Library funding was approved by Canandaigua City School District voters in an election held May 17, 2022, by a margin of 981 in favor to 386 opposed.  The voter-approved proposition authorizes the Canandaigua City School District to levy and collect an annual tax for Wood Library in the amount of $844,250, starting with the October 2022 tax bill.  The library property tax rate will increase by 1.7 cents per thousand dollars of assessed property valuation, adding $2.51 to the total tax bill of a property assessed at $150,000.


“Canandaigua City School District voters continue to speak loudly in support of Wood Library,” said Wood Library Board President Jill Werth following the tabulation of votes.  “Support for an increase in community-based funding for Wood Library assures continuity of services for everyone and resources that support literacy and learning.”


The levy increase will help the library address state-mandated minimum-wage increases and cost of living adjustments, support critical technology upgrades focused on security and access, and ensure that everyone can continue to obtain a full range of library services, reports Wood Library Executive Director Jenny Goodemote.  “Many of the essential digital services that people relied on during the worst of the pandemic are now part of library business-as-usual.  And, while many library programs are once again being held in-person, we are investing in technology to accommodate those who cannot physically be present at the library.”


The library’s projected 2023 budget is $1,173,000.  Donations and fundraising support about one-third of the operating budget.  Community-based funding provides a stable source of revenue for the library’s essential services and programs.  When the levy for Wood Library was first approved in 2012, it represented 75% of the total operating budget.  With the passage of Proposition #3 on May 17, community-based funding will be closer to 72% of the library’s total operating budget.


Goodemote reports that there is an increase in demand for more digital services and diverse materials across all demographic groups.  “We are constantly refreshing and growing our physical and digital collections.  For example, last year we introduced hoopla, a groundbreaking digital media service that allows library patrons to borrow or stream movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows.”


Wood Library is a full-service community library and charitable organization serving everyone who resides in the Canandaigua City School District.  Its mission is to provide exceptional public library service in a comfortable and safe environment where people can satisfy their curiosity, stimulate their imaginations, and connect to the local community and to the world.  Learn more about Wood Library at www.woodlibrary.org.