Traditionally the Village of Cooperstown Library has been funded in large part by property owners within the village while the town of Otsego, the town of Middlefield and CCS have contributed about 14 percent of the cost of running the library. The town of Hartwick basically funds the Kinney Memorial Library. By passing the proposed resolution, funding for the two libraries would be more evenly spread out among the library users and annual funding would not be at the mercy of village and town boards who might be forced to decide to cut library funding in order to balance budgets in the future. The annual funding of the libraries would be voted upon by CCS district residents and would be covered, we believe, by the property tax cap in place for both schools and the municipalities in New York state.
Granted, it would be a new property tax for property owners in the school district. And we are rather disinclined to think that the village and the towns would lower their budgets by the amount saved by a new funding stream for the libraries. But we would hope that the village and towns would be able to use the amount presently spent on the libraries for other needs. We would suggest that in the village potholes might well come to mind.
The vote on all three of these issues will be, as we pointed earlier, held on Tuesday, May 20 in Room 304-305 of the school located on Linden Avenue in Cooperstown. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. We would encourage everyone to get out and vote in this election.
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