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Library budget passes 87 to 9

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Shelter Island Library

On a wicked weather day, 96 residents braved the elements and voted in favor of the Shelter Island Library budget for 2019 with 87 in favor and 9 opposed to the spending plan of $772,974 of which $660,737 will be raised from taxes.

Library Director Terry Lucas said the new spending plan will cost the average homeowner an additional $6.40 per year.

I am so pleased to have so many people come out to vote on such a windy, rainy day,” Library Director Terry Lucas said. “On behalf of the trustees and staff, I want to thank the community for their support and look forward to another year of providing resources and programs for all Islanders.”

The total increase in spending is $37,729 of which $28,453 comes from taxes. The largest part of that increase is for health insurance and reflects the addition of a single staff member.