Richards Library’s operations have been bankrolled primarily by a private endowment for 111 years, but its budget will from now on receive annual public funding of $98,100 due to a tax levy proposition approved May 15 by residents of the Warrensburg Central School District.
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continued The $98,100 tax levy approved May 15 is spread across the 6,000 or so residents of the Warrensburg School District, which mirrors the library's service area. The District includes Warrensburg, Thurman, and small portions of bordering towns including Lake George, Bolton, Stony Creek and Chester.
The library tax levy will be listed as a separate charge on the school tax bill beginning this fall, and it will be perpetual.
Jennings said that the library board has projected that the $98,100 annual stipend will be sufficient for at least the next five years, and the trustees will not be seeking an increase at least until 2017.
Library officials have estimated that this levy will cost 19 cents per thousand of assessed valuation on property tax bills.
The tax levy represents about $17 per capita annually, library Vice President Paul Gilchrist said.
“Richards Library provides education for all ages, from pre-schoolers to the elderly,” he said.
Jennings said she, other board members and fans of the library truly appreciated the vote of support.
“This is not a very high tax,” she said. “And the library is one place the public will see their tax dollars at work.”