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B'ville Library tax rate, usage up

— Residents of the Baldwinsville Central School District will be asked to approve a $1,349,810 property tax levy for the Baldwinsville Public Library for the 2013-14 fiscal year on Thursday, April 25.

For homes with $100,000 assessments in Lysander, Van Buren and Clay, it is anticipated that the total Baldwinsville Public Library tax bill for 2013-14 will be $61.67, a projected total increase of $1.88 over last year’s bill.

The projected cost to taxpayers for library services in 2013-14 is approximately 17 cents per day, or $1.19 per week, again based on a home with a market value of $100,000.

Voting will take place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 25 at the library, 33 East Genesee St., Baldwinsville. Absentee ballots are available at the library for those unable to vote in person on that day. Anyone who is a United States citizen and 18 years of age or older, who has resided in the Baldwinsville School District for at least 30 days prior to the election date, is eligible to vote.

In 2012, 436,265 items were checked out including e-books and songs that can be downloaded to individual reading and listening devices. Community members continue to turn to the library for books, magazines, DVDs, databases, programs and Internet access.

Attendance last year was 318,061, an increase of 5.9 percent, which included many patrons who used the library’s wireless access service, computers (20,922) and meeting rooms (11,273). Materials that patrons requested from other libraries numbered 69,477 as they continued to place holds on many items while in the library and from home. The number of questions answered was up to 20,245, with reference services also available from home through the library’s website 24/7. The electronic book collection continued to be expanded as they became more and more in demand.

The Library Board has also taken steps to pursue grants and plan fundraising events. Although the money raised has not supplanted the normal funding needed to meet core collection, staff and building expenses, it has allowed the library to provide additional services and programs.

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