Library Budget Vote 2019 FAQs
What is this vote for?
To increase the library’s yearly budget for calendar year 2020.
When and where is the vote?
You can vote on Monday, June 24 from 12:00pm – 8:00pm at the Victor Village Hall, 60 East Main St.
How much of an increase?
We are asking to increase taxpayer support from $0.205 per thousand dollars of assessed value to $0.218 per thousand dollars of assessed value. The total budget would go from $556,500 in 2019 to $629,367.97 in 2020.
Why the request for an increase?
The library board of trustees is exploring the effort and financing required to create a brand new library building. The communities of Victor and Farmington have outgrown the size of the current library, and it is the board’s desire to provide the best possible facility for the community. The increase in funding would be used towards understanding what it would take build a larger and more modern library that the community can be proud of. The increase would also cover the rising costs of library materials and the yearly increase in New York State minimum wage.
What does that increase mean to me?
It depends on the assessed value of your home. For example, if your home is assessed at $200,000, you are currently paying $41 a YEAR. If approved, you would pay $44, an increase of $3.00 a YEAR.
Who can vote?
All Victor Central School District residents who are United States Citizens, who have lived in the district for 30 days or more, who are 18 years of age or older, and are not prohibited from voting may vote. If you are not registered to vote, you may do so by mail or in person at the Ontario County Board of Elections, 20 Ontario St, Canandaigua.
I can’t be there for the vote. Where can I get an absentee ballot?
You can contact the Victor Central School District at 924-3252, ext. 1402, or visit the district office.
I thought we paid for the library through our town taxes. Why are we voting?
The towns of Victor and Farmington have never been under any legal obligation to provide funding for the library. The library is a separate organization that serves the residents of the Victor Central School District. The towns were kind enough to provide funds through the town taxes they collected, but it 2015 the residents voted to pass a resolution to collect library funding through the school district. The towns of Victor and Farmington no longer contribute to the library.
So our school taxes pay for the library?
No. NYS law says a public library cannot directly collect taxes so the school district collects them for us. There is no affiliation between the school and the public library other than the school collects the money for the library. The library tax is a separate item on your school tax bill.
What if the vote doesn’t pass?
The library budget would remain flat. Any further exploration for a new library would cease. Library hours could be reduced, as we have to compensate for the increase in NYS minimum wage. We would also have to investigate reducing the number of new books and DVDs we purchase, as those costs continue to rise and we would have to compensate appropriately.
Public Information Meeting Schedule
Two information meetings have been created to answer any questions you may have:
Thursday, June 13, 7:00PM at the library
Tuesday, June 18, 7:00PM at the library
For any questions regarding the vote, contact the Library Director, Tim Niver, at email@example.com or 585-924-2637.