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B'ville: Library budget $1.4 million

Budget vote and election to take place next Thursday

Residents of the Baldwinsville Central School District will be asked to approve a $1,416,300 budget for the Baldwinsville Public Library for the 2010-11 fiscal year Thursday April 29.

For homes with $100,000 assessments in Lysander, Van Buren and Clay, it is anticipated that the total Baldwinsville Public Library tax bill for 2010-11 will be $60.57, a projected increase of 46 cents over last year's total bill.

The projected cost to taxpayers for library services in 2010-11 is 16.6 cents per day, or $1.16 per week, again based on a home with a market value of $100,000.

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. 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 current state of the economy, 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 2009, 414,262 items were checked out, an increase of 6.3 percent. Added to the increase in 2008, circulation of materials has gone up more than 16 percent in the past two years. Community members continue to turn to the library for books, magazines, DVDs, databases, programs and Internet access.

Attendance last year was 282,855, which included many patrons who used the library's wireless access service, computers (22,477) and community rooms (11,205). Materials that patrons requested from other libraries increased by 15.4 percent (75,930) as they continued to place holds on many items while in the library and from home. The number of questions answered for was 17,142, with reference services also available from home through the library's website 24/7.

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