Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Voters support libraries!
Yesterday, north country residents went to the polls to vote on their local school budgets. 24 NCLS libraries used those ballots to seek additional permanent funding to increase their operating budgets. 23 of those passed. Here's the list of successful votes:
The library whose vote did not pass was the Hepburn Library of Waddington. Library officials were seeking an additional $20,000 on the ballot, and, despite their efforts the vote was overwhelmingly defeated 453-103. Unforeseen contention about the tax increase to Madrid residents within the school district was the reason the vote failed.
In all, approximately $331,000 in local library funding was approved. This is tremendous, especially during a time where an increase in local taxes is almost always met with public discord, no matter what the taxes will support. The success rates of yesterday votes show that our communities DO support our libraries and this shouldn't be taken lightly.
Thank you to our communities who have shown support to your library. Without you, our libraries would not be able to provide the services they do.