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Clifton Park library budget vote slated for Thursday

Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library.
Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library.

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CLIFTON PARK — The Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library will hold its annual budget and trustee vote on Thursday.

Earlier in the month, the library released a 2019 budget proposal of $4.58 million that calls for a 3.5 percent increase in spending from last year.

There are also three seats on the library board of trustees that need to be filled — two from Clifton Park and one from Halfmoon. The Clifton Park seats are both for full five-year terms while the Halfmoon seat is for the remaining three years of a term resulting from a resignation from the board.

The budget vote and trustee election is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the library, 475 Moe Road. 

Registered voters, both renters and property owners, living in the library district are eligible to vote. Voters must be registered at least 30 days prior to the vote. 

The portion of the budget raised from property taxes is estimated to be $4.46 million.

Other revenue sources include fines and fees, grants and other public funds, including fundraising by the Friends of the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library.

Salaries and benefits for library employees, as they have in the past, constitute the majority of the 2019 budget, coming to $2,631,436, or about 59 percent.

The total 2018 budget was $4.42 million, which was passed last year in a vote of 634 to 103.

Incumbents Stephen Meyer and Purushothaman Srinivasan, and newcomer Matthew Cantore, are in the running for the two Clifton Park trustee seats.

Incumbent Thomas Madison, is seeking re-election to fill the Halfmoon seat, to which he was appointed last year after the previous trustee resigned.

The library Board of Trustees is made up of 11 elected representatives: seven from Clifton Park and four from Halfmoon.

According to the library, nearly 800,000 items were borrowed in 2017, including books, DVDs, ebooks, downloadable audiobooks, digital magazines and downloadable music.

Approximately 29,000 individuals attended more than 1,400 library programs in 2017. Over 400,000 people visited the library in 2017 — an average of 1,200 per day. 


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