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Library usage up, proposed tax rate down

— Residents of the Baldwinsville Central School District will be asked to approve a $1,282,925 budget for the Baldwinsville Public Library for the 2012-13 fiscal year Thursday, April 26.

For homes with $100,000 assessments in Lysander, Van Buren and Clay, it is anticipated that the total Baldwinsville Public Library tax bill for 2012-13 will be $58.51, a projected decrease of 40 cents over last year’s total bill. (Last year’s proposal, which was anticipated to be a total of $60.33 in property taxes, was actually only $58.91 due to continued growth in the Baldwinsville Central School District.)

The projected cost to taxpayers for library services in 2012-13 is approximately 16 cents per day, or $1.12 per week, again based on a home with a market value of $100,000.

Weighing the increased demand for materials and services against the recognition of the state of the economy, the Board of Trustees formulated a budget that is asking the taxpayers for less than the 2 percent tax cap recommended by Gov. Cuomo, and will in fact lower taxes next year.

Voting will take place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 26 at the library, 33 East Genesee St., B’ville. 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.

Library usage statistics

In 2011, 432,305 items were checked out, an increase of 4.4 percent. For the first time, this figure includes use of eBooks and songs that can be downloaded to individual reading and listening devices. Community members continue to turn to the library for books, magazines, DVDs, databases, programs and Internet access.

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