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Baldwinsville Library proposes $1.46 million budget

The Baldwinsville Public Library Board of Trustees has presented a $1,463,180 budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year. Residents of the Baldwinsville Central School District can vote on the proposed budget Thursday April 28.

For homes with $100,000 assessments in Lysander, Van Buren and Clay, it is anticipated that the total Baldwinsville Public Library tax bill for 2011-12 will be $60.33, a projected increase of 62 cents over last year's total bill.

The projected cost to taxpayers for library services in 2011-12 is 16.5 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 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the library, 33 East Genesee St. in Baldwinsville. 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 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 2010, 414,262 items were checked out, an increase of 2 percent. Added to the increases of the past three years, circulation of materials has gone up more than 18 percent during that time period. Community members continue to turn to the library for books, magazines, DVDs, databases, programs and Internet access.

Attendance last year was 283,840, which included many patrons who used the library's wireless access service, computers (22,471) and community rooms (11,762). Materials that patrons requested from other libraries numbered 75,169 as they continued to place holds on many items while in the library and from home. The number of questions answered was up to 18,535, with reference services also available from home through the library's website 24/7. Electronic books are becoming more and more popular as patrons experiment with new e-book readers.

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