Cutchogue New Suffolk Library budget passes

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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