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June 26, 2014

Successful funding vote leaves library secure

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“That’s a historic problem,” said Katz.

Katz said that while he had made an effort to get the other municipalities to contribute a greater share of the library’s budget, he had met with little success.

Because of this discrepancy, Katz said that he and the village board of trustees actively supported the initiative. In anticipation of it passing, he said that the village budgeted $44,000 for the library this year, as opposed to the usual $90,000 allotment.

“We basically budgeted about half a years worth,” said Katz, who said that was the amount of money the library board said they would need before funds from the levy would become available.

In order to help ensure the passage of the initiative, the village also hammered out an agreement with the village library that, over the next four years, would see the village continue to provide the library space, utilities, custodial services and treasury and accounting services free of charge, as it has traditionally done.

Katz said that he didn’t see major changes any time soon with those services.

“I don’t expect that conversation to take place for a really long time,” said Katz.

 As for what is next for the Village Library of Cooperstown, Jastremski said that the board is seeking to address maintenance and heating issues at the library building. Replacing the library’s windows is a priority, and the board is turning to grants to fund the project

Jastremski said that the grants the library is applying for look for community support, which she said was demonstrated very strongly by the vote this May.

“This is the proof that we need,” she said.

She also said that there are no plans at this time to ask the voters for an increase in the library’s budget next year.

“We’re really grateful to the voters,” she said.

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