On Saturday, voters approved East Hampton Library’s proposed $2.1 million budget for 2014, 162-43—a margin of 79 percent.
The vote was open to those registered in East Hampton, Springs and Wainscott—123 voters out of 163 from East Hampton, 35 out of 38 from Springs and all four voters from Wainscott approved the spending plan.
The new year budget proposal represents a 7.1-percent increase, or $141,263, over the current 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.