09/18/13 12:00pm
09/18/2013 12:00 PM
JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO | Cutchogue New Suffolk Free Library's budget passed Tuesday night.

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO | Cutchogue New Suffolk Free Library’s budget passed Tuesday night.

Cutchogue New Suffolk Free Library district residents approved Tuesday a proposed $1.5 million budget, which carries a projected 1.34 percent tax rate increase.

Library director Alison O’Reilly said the spending plan passed by a 105 to 34 vote.

The increase is below the state-mandated tax cap in part because nearly $78,000 in reserves will be used to offset the tax levy, Ms. O’Reilly has said.

In both hamlets, the total tax increase for a homeowner with property assessed at $6,000 would be $5.94, according to library’s website.

Ms. O’Reilly said the 2014 proposed spending plan reflects a 5.9 percent increase over the current budget.

Next year, she said the library plans to offer Zinio Digital Magazines, a service that allows patrons to read digital copies of their favorite magazines on their tablet, computer or mobile device.

The spending increase will also support the library’s new hires in the children’s department, which will now be staffed at all times.

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09/27/12 4:00pm
09/27/2012 4:00 PM

Voters said yes this week to the Floyd Memorial Library’s 2013 budget of $955,457, which is $808 higher than the current spending plan.

The vote Tuesday was 173 to 30. Since the library covers two separate school districts, Greenport and Oysterponds, separate ballots were required in each. Even so, the budget proposition still passed easily.

In Greenport the vote was 122 yes to 50 no, while in Oysterponds the results were 50 to 10.

The budget includes $924,798 to be raised from taxes, and an additional $30,659 from other sources, such as fees, gifts, interest and the library fund balance.

The tax increase is less than $1 per $1,000of assessed value, which for an average homeowner comes to an increase of less than $6 a year, according to the library.

09/18/12 12:00pm
09/18/2012 12:00 PM

Voters in Cutchogue and New Suffolk will go to the polls today, Tuesday, to pass judgement on their library’s 2013 budget, which carries a tax rate increase of 1.67 percent.

That figure complies with state law requiring all local taxing districts, including town government and schools, to limit year-to-year property tax increases to 2 percent or less.

The Cutchogue-New Suffolk Library is proposing a new spending plan of $1,470,732.66, which is just over $19,000 above the current figure. The total tax increase for a homeowner with property assessed at $6,000 would be $7.23 in Cutchogue and $7.34 in New Suffolk.

Voting takes place at the library from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.