09/14/13 10:00am
09/14/2013 10:00 AM

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Cutchogue New Suffolk Free Library district residents will vote on a budget Tuesday.

Cutchogue New Suffolk Free Library district residents will go to the polls Tuesday to vote on a proposed $1.5 million budget, which carries a projected 1.34 percent tax rate increase.

Library director Alison O’Reilly said 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.

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.

“The library is getting busier and busier,” Ms. O’Reilly said. “Families are looking for programs and aftercare. Everything here is free.”

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

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09/18/12 8:41pm
09/18/2012 8:41 PM

Voters gave a resounding “yes” to the 2013 Cutchogue New Suffolk Library budget in voting Tuesday.

The overall vote was 119 to 29. Since the library covers two separate school districts, Mattituck-Cutchogue and New Suffolk, separate votes are required. In Cutchogue the vote was 96 to 28 and in New Suffolk only one person voted no with 23 yes votes.

The 2013 library budget calls for spending of $1,470,732.66,  just over $19,000 above the 2012 figure. A homeowner with property assessed at $6,000 will pay $7.23 in additional library taxes in Cutchogue and $7.34 in New Suffolk.