Voters from Southampton and Tuckahoe on Friday overwhelmingly approved the Rogers Memorial Library’s $4.4 million budget for next year, while at the same time electing two new members to the library’s board of directors.
In a three-way race for two seats on the library board, Alexandra Halsey Storch received 172 votes, David Campbell received 162 and Lauri Lenahan received 130. The winners, Ms. Storch and Mr. Campbell will serve three-year terms from January 2015 through December 2018.
A total of 219 residents voted to approve the spending plan, which represents a budget-to-budget increase of 1.4 percent over the current year’s $4.32 million budget. There were 40 votes against the spending plan, under which the overall tax levy will increase by $59,337, or 1.4 percent, from $4,238,343 to $4,297,680 next year. Library officials estimate a 2015 tax rate of 0.1834 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation, down 0.2 percent from the current tax rate of 0.1838 cents.
In Tuckahoe, 55 voters approved the $418,985 in taxes to be levied in that school district for the library, while nine were opposed. In Southampton, 164 voters approved the $3,878,695 levy, with 31 voting against it.
“The library board and staff appreciate the community’s support in passing the budget by such a healthy margin and look forward to another year of providing the high-quality library service our residents deserve, expect and utilize,” Library Director Elizabeth Burns said this week.