In Southampton, Rogers Memorial Library Budget Passes

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The 2013-14 budget for the Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton was approved by voters last week by a comfortable margin, 198-48.

The $4.3 million spending plan maintained all programs for the Windmill Lane library and stays under the state-mandated tax levy cap. The budget represents an increase of approximately $94,000, or 2.2 percent, over the current year’s $4.2 million plan. Under the budget, the tax levy is projected to rise $82,731 from $4.16 million this year to $4.24 million next year.

Also on Friday, three new board members were elected to serve as library trustees. Robert Gerbereux, who received 57 votes, won an uncontested seat reserved for a Tuckahoe resident. Joining him on the board will be Pat Finocchiaro, who received 186 votes, and Susan Johns, with 151 votes. Each will serve a three-year term starting January 1, 2014, and ending December 31, 2017.

Sean Deneny came up just shy of making the board with 129 votes.

In Tuckahoe, 61 taxpayers cast votes over the budget on Friday, with 52 voting in favor and nine voting against. In total, Tuckahoe will contribute about $411,691 of the $4.24 million levy.

In Southampton, 185 people voted, with 146 in favor and 39 opposed. Southampton residents will pay the remaining $3.82 million of the levy.

“We were very pleased with the election results, and we appreciate the community support,” library director Elizabeth Burns said this week. “We look forward to continuing to provide the services that our community expects and deserves and uses.”

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