09/27/12 3:00pm

For less than it would cost you to buy a single paperback book in today’s economy, Shelter Island Library director Denise DiPaolo said that she and her staff can continue to provide and expand on materials, programs and services for another year.

Residents will be asked on Oct. 27 to approve an additional $28,886 in taxes to support the library in 2013, amounting to $6.25 per year per household to fund the proposed $614,327 budget.

The budget itself is actually up $36,636, but other revenue streams help offset what’s needed from taxpayers, Ms. DiPaolo said. In addition to the $510,327 taxpayers would contribute to next year’s spending, income is expected to come from contributions, fund raising activities, grants, fines and fees and interest income amounting to $104,000.

There’s a modest salary increase coupled with employee taxes and benefits for library staffers amounting to $9,739 more than was spent in the current year. Ms. DiPaolo has three full-time staffers and seven part-timers, she said.

Utilities, telecommunications and building maintenance are up by $1,799. And there are small increases to other parts of the 2013 budget proposal.

“We budget to the penny,” Ms. DiPaolo said in a Thursday morning interview. “You’ve got to be creative,” she said about both fund raising and managing to keep expenses from escalating in the difficult economy, she said.

Ms. DiPaolo will be on hand at 6 p.m. Oct. 15, for a public hearing at the library on the budget proposal and then taxpayers get their say on Oct. 27, when they get to cast their ballots at the library between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

For a full story on the budget proposal, see the Oct. 4 Reporter.

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10/20/11 10:00pm

Residents who want to vote later this month on the Shelter Island Library‘s request for a raise in taxpayer support for its 2012 budget may register today, Thursday, October 20 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the library. Residents who are already registered to vote do not need to register again.

The library held a hearing on its budget at the library on Tuesday night. No one from the public attended.

Absentee ballots are available from the school district clerk, Deborah Vecchio, by mail or online. Call 749-0302, extension 403 for information.

The vote will take place Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school library, not the public library. The voting location is switched for that vote because of renovations on the lower level of the library.

Voters will be asked to approve a 4.5 percent increase in tax revenues for the Shelter Island Public Library even as the library trims spending by $5,409 or .9 percent from $583,100 to $577.691, according to the 2012 budget proposal.

Facing an anticipated drop of 26 percent in non-tax revenues as insurance, payroll and other costs rise, the library board will ask voters to increase the amount the library receives through taxation by $20,941 from $460,500 to $481,441.

If voters reject the proposal, the library would receive the same amount in tax revenue that it received this year.

If voters approve the increase, library officials said, the tax rate per $1,000 of assessed valuation would be $0.1576, an increase of .6 percent from $0.1518 in 2011, based on a median Shelter Island property assessment of $640,000. The library tax bill for that property would be $100.86, up $4.47 from the last bill.

10/21/10 2:12am

Island voters approved the Shelter Island Library’s 2011 operating budget Saturday, October 16. The tally was 126 “yes” votes to 51 “no” votes.

“We’re very pleased with the outcome of the vote — especially with the 71-percent approval,” Library Director Denise DiPaolo said after the vote. “We will continue to provide quality materials, innovative services and enriching programs for the entire community in 2011.”

The $460,500 levy will fund the bulk of the library’s operating expenses for the coming year. The 2011 levy is $16,750 more than the current levy, a 3.5 percent increase.

During a public hearing on October 4, the increase was attributed to higher medical insurance and payroll taxes, increased hours of operation and additional programming.

The taxes a property owner will pay into the levy are estimated at 15 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.

A total of 28 ballots were cast by absentee voters, 21 in favor, 7 against the budget proposition.

CARA LORIZ

10/14/10 8:44pm

Island voters approved the Shelter Island Library’s 2011 operating budget Saturday, October 16. The tally was 126 “yes” votes to 51 “no” votes.

The $460,5000 levy will fund the bulk of the library’s operating expenses for the coming year. The 2011 levy is $16,750 more than the current levy, a 3.5 percent increase.

During a public hearing on October 4, the increase was attributed to higher medical insurance and payroll taxes, increased hours of operation and additional programming.

The taxes a property owner will pay into the levy are estimated at 15 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.

A total of 28 ballots were cast by absentee voters, 21 in favor, 7 against the budget proposition.

10/14/10 1:45am

Island voters approved the Shelter Island Library’s 2011 operating budget Saturday, October 16. The tally was 126 “yes” votes to 51 “no” votes.

The $460,5000 levy will fund the bulk of the library’s operating expenses for the coming year. The 2011 levy is $16,750 more than the current levy, a 3.5 percent increase.

During a public hearing on October 4, the increase was attributed to higher medical insurance and payroll taxes, increased hours of operation and additional programming.

The taxes a property owner will pay into the levy are estimated at 15 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.

A total of 28 ballots were cast by absentee voters, 21 in favor, 7 against the budget proposition.