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Clifton Park library unveils preliminary 2020 budget

Clifton Park library unveils preliminary 2020 budget

Proposed plan represents a 3 percent increase over current spending
Clifton Park library unveils preliminary 2020 budget
The main entrance of the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library is shown.
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The Board of Trustees of the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library has released some initial information about its proposed 2020 budget, to be voted on by library tax district residents. 

The total 2020 proposed budget, according to a release sent out by the library last week, includes a total expenditure of $4,722,607. The total tax levy is $4,606,724 and is New York state tax cap compliant. 

The final budget document was unavailable on Tuesday, as it is in its final stages of review by the library board before being sent to voters, according to library officials. However, they estimated that a complete budget document would be released shortly.

The proposed 2020 budget represents a 3 percent increase from the approved 2019 budget of $4,576,944.

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

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

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

The library budget vote and trustee election will be held on Sept. 26 at the library, between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. 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.

Absentee ballot applications will be available beginning Aug. 1. Those who are unable to vote in person on Sept. 26, can fill out an application online at www.cphlibrary.org or in person at the library. 

Residents of Clifton Park will also vote on two open trustee positions created by the expiring terms of two incumbents.

A formal presentation on the budget proposal for public comment and an introduction of trustee candidates will be made for the public on Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. at the library.

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