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LPL trustee election is contested

— For the first time in a number of years, the Liverpool Public Library’s board of trustees has more candidates than seats available.

The election will take place at the same time as the school board and budget election. When voters go to the polls to determine the fate of the Liverpool Central School District budget, they’ll also choose two library trustees and approve or deny the library’s $3.6 million budget. The budget is up 1.36 percent from last year and calls for a 1.997 percent tax increase.

Three candidates are running for two trustee seats. Incumbents Timothy Dodge and Joseph Spado seek to hold onto their positions, while newcomer Karen Ingeman, a former LPL employee, hopes to gain a seat on the board.

Timothy Dodge

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Liverpool Public Library

Timothy Dodge

Dodge has served on the LPL board of trustees since December of 2005. He has also served on the Onondaga County Public Library board since February of 2011.

“The Liverpool Public Library is a central part of this community, one that will play a key role in its future,” Dodge said. “I want to ensure that the library's role will be a positive and productive one. Should the voters choose me to serve another five years on the board, I will do everything I can to see that the library maintains its current standards of excellence while keeping its costs as low as reasonably possible.”

Dodge said his experience, both as a trustee and in his work in insurance, makes him an ideal candidate for the position.

“I bring to the board a knowledge of how libraries work, the challenges they face, the opportunities they have to serve the public, and a realistic view of their resources,” he said. “I am employed in the property-casualty insurance industry; because of that, I have been able to advise the board and the administration on how best to spend its insurance budget and how its coverage options will affect the library.”

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