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April 5, 2014

Library budget vote is April 24

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Lockport City School District residents will be voting on the Lockport Public Library’s 2014-15 budget from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. April 24 in the library’s community meeting room.

There will also be an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the library, 23 East Ave.

Registered voters will be deciding on a $1.6 million budget, an increase in spending of about $10,610. The spending plan will require $1.3 million from property taxes, a $21,627 or 1.57 percent increase from the current year’s budget. The increase is under the property tax cap limit for the library.

The library saw a $12,075 drop in other revenue, which is money that does not include property taxes, library charges or government funding. There’s a $12,349 increase in the cost of personnel benefits the library is facing.

“The increase will help support operating costs for the library including not only the materials budget, but also utilities, staff and building mainteance,” said Beverly Federspiel, Lockport Public Library director. “We have tried to offset reductions in our spending power with creative solutions using technology and partnerships, but we need to keep up with the demand from our library users for materials in all formats. Our beautiful building is a source of pride for the Lockport community, but it is in need of repairs and maintenance because the new addition is now 20 years old.”

Last year, 415,690 items were borrowed and 29,807 people had library cards. Over 3,900 children and teenagers participated in the library’s reading program while a total of 15,023 people attended 871 different library programs.

Absentee ballots are available and must be postmarked by April 23.

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