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B'ville: Library budget up 3.9 percent

The Baldwinsville Public Library 2008-09 budget is $1,338,500.

While the proposed budget is a 3.9 percent increase over the current budget, the board of trustees anticipates a less than one percent increase in the library tax rate due to a three percent projected increase in new construction in the district.

For residents with a $100,000 market value home in Lysander, Van Buren or Clay, it is anticipated that their total Baldwinsville Public Library tax bill for 2008-09 will be $60.20. This would be an increase of $1.03 over last year's bill.

The proposed amount would result in a projected cost to taxpayers of 16.5 cents per day, or $1.16 per week (based on a home with a market value of $100,000). In the current budget year (2007-08), taxes actually decreased three percent (from $60.93 to $59.17, again based on a home with a market value of $100,000), due to higher than anticipated new construction in the school district.

In the budget, more money for materials will include special emphasis on expanding the new electronic formats including downloadable and self-contained digital audiobooks called "playaways," DVDs and databases for access to information both in the library and from home including a new online antique price guide. A "Rapid Reads"/"Rapid Views" program will make more popular books and DVDs available on a first-come, first-served basis. Online program registration, meeting room bookings and computer sign-ups are also planned.

Salary increases are budgeted averaging 2.75 percent. Anticipated capital expenditures include replacement PCs and related equipment. The new automated catalog and circulation system purchased by Onondaga County is expected to cost at least 25 percent less than the former one and postage costs should also decrease as more patrons are notified by telephone or e-mail when they have items on hold for pick-up or overdue materials. Increases are included for utility costs, building repairs, custodial supplies, health insurance and worker's compensation.

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