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May 1, 2014

Supporters optimistic as library vote looms

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The resolution would authorize the school board to collect $180,452 in property taxes to fund the two libraries. Jastremski said that this works out to about $20 dollars per household per year.

“For most people this tax will be about the price of a hardcover book,” said Jastremski.

Of this money, $115,452 would go to the Village Library of Cooperstown, while $65,000 would be allocated to The Kinney Memorial Library. If the resolution is passed, this levy would be collected every year and remain unchanged, unless a future vote of the Cooperstown Central School District is held to alter it.

This funding method for libraries is recommended by the New York State Department of Education and in 2012, 227 communities voted to adopt it.

Jastremski said that, if the resolution passes, the library will not put a budget increase on next year’s ballot, although there are tentative plans to do so in 2016.

“We don’t want the public to forget this is an important part of our community,” said Jastremski.

Jastremski said that the response to the campaign so far has been a good one.

“I think that most people once they understand the current situation … are very positive about it,” said Jastremski. “It hasn’t been a matter of selling the libraries.”

She also said that the village library has worked out a four-year-agreement with the Village of Cooperstown for the village to to continue providing the utilities, building, treasury/accounting services and custodial services to the library as they have in the past. This period will be used by the two sides to come up with a new arrangement.

Jastremski said that the Cooperstown trustees have been great to work with, and are supportive of the resolution.

“They are very much in favor of our decision,” said Jastremski.

A forum explaining the budget resolution will be held on May 4 at 1:30 p.m. in the Village Meeting Room on 22 Main St. in Cooperstown. Members of the both library boards will be on hand to answer questions about the proposal. 

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