Those registered to vote in East Hampton, Springs and Wainscott can weigh in on the East Hampton Library’s 2014 proposed budget of $2.1 million on Saturday, September 21. Voting will be at the library from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This year’s budget proposal represents a 7.1-percent increase, or $141,263, over last year’s nearly $2 million budget. According to library officials, $1.5 million is to be raised from taxes, an increase of $122,558, with the remainder coming from fundraising, fund transfers, fines, fees, sales and state aid. The average taxpayer pays $87 per year for the East Hampton Library budget, and the increase on individual tax bills in 2014 will be $7.76.
The increase will support additional utilities resulting from an increase in the library’s size when the new children’s wing is completed, a new part-time children’s librarian, a new part-time custodian, added books, music and movies for residents to borrow and additional programs. Staff salaries, taxes, Social Security, benefits and insurance account for $1.5 million of the proposed budget, facilities for $191,650, library materials for $141,750, administration for $120,800, fundraising expenses for $94,700, contracted services for $47,140 and programs for $40,500.
Since 1995, the library has received almost $16 million in donations from residents and from library board members, which has significantly reduced contributions from taxpayers to support the library.
For more information, call Library Director Dennis Fabiszak at 324-0222, extension 7.