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Oneida: Library budget vote March 4

Voters in the Oneida Public Library's Special Legislature District will get to decide who wins three open seats on the library's Board of Trustees, and to approve its 2008-2009 budget on Tuesday March 4, at the poll in the library between noon and 9 p.m.

All registered voters in the library's Special District, which is coextensive with the Oneida City School District, are eligible to vote on the library board's proposed budget of $328,100 for the next fiscal year (July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009), up more than $18,000 from last year's $309,850 budget. Of this, library district taxpayers would contribute $281,600.

Running for the three trustee positions are incumbent Patricia Albaugh, George L. Miller and Bob Wilkins, all residents of Oneida.

Albaugh, who recently retired from the Oneida City School District after 32 years of teaching sixth grade, is seeking her third consecutive five-year term as a member of the library board. She has served as board president and currently holds the office of vice-president.

Seeking his first five-year term on the board, Miller said, "I hope to assist the library board with the budgetary and financial aspects of the library operation."

Miller, who earned a degree in accounting at Clarkson University, is employed as the controller at Kuhn Farm Machinery, Vernon. Formerly, Miller served for nine years on the board of Access Credit Union.

Wilkins is running for the library board because he would like "to be part of the planning to increase the library's space and to offer patrons access to new and better technological tools."

After retiring as a school counselor for 30 years with the Rome City Schools, Wilkins started a computer-consulting business in Oneida. His job is to solve software and hardware problems for individual clients and to provide support to commercial networking systems. He also teaches classes in computer technology.

Interested voters can meet the library board candidates at a Candidates' Night being held in the library's Local History Room on Tuesday Feb. 26, at 7 p.m.

The Oneida Library, 220 Broad St., is handicapped accessible.

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