B'ville Library tax rate, usage up

— The library’s Public Computing Center, funded through federal stimulus funds, concluded in 2012. Equipment purchased through this grant included laptops, projectors and a SMART Board that are now used for training purposes in the library’s newly reconfigured training lab and videoconferencing equipment for use in programming.

For the fifth year, a state library construction grant has paid 50 percent of project costs, which included insulating the ceiling/wall interface throughout the building to reduce energy costs in 2012. The Board of Trustees planned and held the third annual Seneca River Board Cruise in July for funds to refurbish the art gallery walls and the fourth annual Barnes and Noble Book Fair in November for funds to supplement the collection.

Friends of Baldwinsville Public Library raised funds for an instructor cart for the training lab, a hopscotch rug for the children’s area, a conference telephone with expansion microphones, library magnets, a book covering machine and replacement end panels with slatwall for display purposes.

The library tax rate is separate and distinct from the school tax rate and it appears as a separate line on the school tax bills sent out in the fall. Brochures explaining the budget in more detail are available in local banks as well as in the library and the town and village offices the week before the election.

In addition to the budget vote, Barbara Aitken and Edward McManus are running unopposed for five-year terms for the trustee seats that they currently hold.

The Friends of the Library will hold a bake sale and book sale starting at 9 a.m. on the day of the election, April 25, in the library. The book sale will conclude with a two-day bag sale on Sunday and Monday, April 28 and 29.

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