CLIFTON PARK — A budget increase for the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library passed overwhelmingly on Thursday night.
The 2019 budget proposal of $4.58 million, which calls for a 3.5 percent increase in spending from last year, passed 590-103.
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.
Board Trustee Tom Madison of Halfmoon was re-elected. Clifton Park incumbents Stephen Meyer and Purushothaman Srinivasan were also re-elected, edging out newcomer Matthew Cantore, who fell short of Purushothaman by just six votes.
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 by a vote of 634-103.