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BPL presents $1.38M budget

The Baldwinsville Public Library has presented a $1,388,300 budget for the 2009-10 fiscal year for residents of the Baldwinsville Central School District to vote upon Thursday April 23.

For homes with $100,000 assessments in Lysander, Van Buren and Clay, it is anticipated that the total Baldwinsville Public Library tax bill for 2009-10 will be $62, a projected total increase of $2.43 over last year's bill.

The projected cost to taxpayers for library services in 2009-10 is 17 cents per day, or $1.19 per week (based on a home with a market value of $100,000). This is less than five cents more per week than the current assessment.

Voting will take place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the library, 33 E. Genesee St. in the village. Absentee ballots are available at the library for those unable to vote in person on that day. Anyone who is a United States citizen and 18 years of age or older, who has resided in the Baldwinsville School District for at least 30 days prior to the election date, is eligible to vote.

Recognizing the severity of today's economic downturn, the Library Board of Trustees made every effort to keep the taxpayer cost increase to a minimum while balancing the growing demand for library materials and services. In 2008, 23,379 patrons used their Baldwinsville Public Library cards, an increase of 7.4 percent. Community members turned to the library for books, magazines, DVDs, databases and Internet access.

Attendance increased by 9.7 percent (292,386), which included many patrons who used the library's wireless access service, computers (13,016) and community rooms (17,494).

Circulation of materials increased by 9.8 percent (389,893) and materials patrons requested from other libraries increased by 39.9 percent (65,820) as patrons continued to place holds on many items while in the library and from home. The number of reference questions answered for patrons increased by 2.7 percent (19,313).

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