Wood Library Proposition Passes

With 5,845 ballots cast, voters approve $20,000 increase for Wood Library


June 16, 2020 (Canandaigua, NY)—A proposition for Wood Library funding was approved by Canandaigua City School District voters in an election held June 16, 2020, by a margin of 4,143 in favor to 1,702 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 $720,268, starting with the 2020-2021 tax bill.  The library levy will increase by 2.86%, or $20,000, and add 90 cents ($.90) to the entire tax bill of a property assessed at $150,000.


“I am pleased and grateful that so many people made an effort to vote this year,” said Wood Library’s Executive Director Jenny Goodemote in a prepared statement.  “With all that is going on in people’s lives, the unpredictability of every day, and uncertainty about the future, I know that voting in this election was another thing for people to consider and take care of.  The community’s continued support of Wood Library allows us to fulfill our mission and provide the essential services that people rely on and want.”


Wood Library’s projected 2021 budget is $981,600.  The 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.


“The pandemic has forced us to adapt and offer digital services and virtual programs to meet people where they are, which is mostly at home,” added Library Board President Laurie Riedman.  “People continue to rely on Wood Library for information and access to services they can’t get anywhere else.  The library is a hub for learning, cultural enrichment, and community connection.  I am so grateful that year after year, the majority of voters agree that their investment in Wood Library offers value—transforming people’s lives and contributing to the vibrancy of our community.”


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.  More information about Wood Library can be found at www.woodlibrary.org.  Watch for news about curbside pickup of materials and the reopening of the library later this month.