Two Rockland County libraries — Pearl River Public Library and Finkelstein Memorial Library — are holding their annual budget votes and trustee elections today.
Voting at the Finkelstein Memorial Library in Spring Valley runs from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the library, 24 Chestnut St. The $7.5 million proposed budget for 2013-14 would increase spending by less than 2 percent. If it is approved, library taxes will increase from $6.8 million to $6.9 million, or $6 more per home in East Ramapo with a fair market value of $375,000, according to the library.
Spring Valley voters will also cast ballots for one open seat on the library’s Board of Trustees.
The polls at Pearl River Public Library will be open in the library at 80 Franklin Ave. from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The $2.28 million proposed budget is 2.5 percent higher than last year, and the amount to be raised by taxes would be $2.1 million. Library officials said the budget would add about 1.2 percent to the homestead tax rate. This is the trustees’ message on the budget.
A property owner with a home assessed at $200,000, Pearl River’s average, paid $314.40 in 2012-13 and would pay about $3.75 more in 2013-14, according to estimates.
Under the proposal, reported in The Journal News/lohud.com, a total allocation for the salaries would be some $1.22 million, up about $18,000 from this year’s $1.24 million. The library has 16 full-time employees and 33 part-time employees.
The biggest increase is contributions to the state retirement system. The library expects to spend $195,008 in 2013-14, up from $166,000 this year. Medical insurance costs are increasing from $189,000 to $198,000.
The ballot also will include a line for write-in candidates. Board president Kelley Hadeler is not running for a five-year-term. No other candidates for trustee have come forward.
Below is the proposed budget for Finkelstein Memorial Library: