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March 19, 2014

Transition of Newfane library to school district to be voted on

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — NEWFANE — A public vote will be held on whether the Newfane Free Library's structure and governance will be changed to a school district public library.

If voted into action, the school district would collect taxes on behalf of the library and turn those funds over to the library.

The library would remain separate from the district and open to the public in the same service district as Newfane Schools, Janet Steggles, Newfane Free Library Board president said. The community would also vote for the library's board of trustees.

The library itself would continue to be housed in the same building with the same staff it currently employs.

“We're asking for a $125,000 budget for the year,” Steggles said. This community-based funding would replace the funding currently provided by the town of Newfane, equal to about 27 cents per $1,000 assessed value on properties within the school district.

This year, the library is operating on a budget of about $95,000, with $68,000 provided by the town, Steggles said. The balance is made up through fundraising and donations.

Voters in the Newfane School District can vote on the proposition during the Newfane school budget vote, May 20.

The public is invited to an informational meeting on the proposition at 7 p.m. March 25 at the Newfane Community Center.