North Greenbush Public Library District Election
NORTH GREENBUSH – The Board of Trustees of the North Greenbush Public Library invites all registered voters of the Town of North Greenbush to vote in an election to be held on September 10, 2020 from 10 AM to 8 PM at the North Greenbush Public Library in the North Greenbush Municipal Building, Main Avenue, Wynantskill. Absentee ballots are available from the North Greenbush Public Library. Visit www.northgreenbushlibrary.org for details on obtaining and casting an absentee ballot. Two issues will be decided: (1) whether the proposed budget of $319,883.00 is approved for 2021; and (2) the election of two trustees. More information on the election and the Proposed Budget are available at the Library. Please call 518-283-0303 or visit www.northgreenbushlibrary.org.
Adult Evening Book Group Meeting
TROY – The Troy Public Library’s Evening Book Group will be discussing Jon Meacham’s Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power on Monday, September 14th at 6:30 PM.
Our monthly book group meets to discuss a wide range of book selections. New members are always welcomed. Monthly participation is not necessary, come for the books that interest you! This meeting will be conducted via Zoom.
This discussion is free and open to the public. Registration is required. To register call the library at 518-274-7071 or online at www.thetroylibrary.org
Annual Library Election and Budget Vote on September 15
East Greenbush — East Greenbush Community Library Special Legislative District Annual Election will be held on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 from 9 A.M. to 9 P.M. at the library. As a public library district, the Library Board of Trustees has the sole fiduciary responsibility to ensure that the library remains viable. The COVID-19 crisis has impacted all non-tax sources of revenue, which made this an especially difficult budget year. The Board has adopted a proposed budget which stretches library resources to maintain core library services and minimize the impact on the East Greenbush Taxpayer.
A public hearing regarding the 2021 Preliminary Budget (focused on stretching library resources to maintain core services and minimize the impact on the East Greenbush taxpayer) was held on August 4th. The proposed budget, which has been adopted by the Library Board of Trustees will be presented to the voters at the Annual Library Election and Budget Vote on September 15, is a reduction of 3.2% which is in response to a total income loss of $68,967. The proposed budget is $2,067,581, which is 3.2% decrease and is below the NYS Property Tax Cap.
The total taxable value of the East Greenbush Library Special Legislative District has increased approximately 1.4%. This will result in taxes remaining essentially flat. The proposed levy from East Greenbush this year is $1,722,454. The estimated cost will be $0.90 per assessed $1,000 property value, which is $0.01 less than in 2020. Cost to the taxpayer with a house assessed at $200,000 would be approximately $180. Copies of the budget are available on East Greenbush Community Library’s website, at https://eglibrary.org/about/board/.
A second proposal on the ballot is the election of two positions on the Library’s Board of Trustees for five-year terms, beginning January 1, 2021. Petitions for candidacy were accepted until 8/16/2020. The candidates are Camille Engel, Lewis Dubuque, Charlie Pensabene and Michael Thoma. When available, full biographies will be available at https://eglibrary.org/about/board/.
The Book Seller is Open
TROY – The Book Seller, a project of The Friends of the Troy Public Library, is open each Saturday from 10-2 at the Lansingburgh Library, 27 114th St. There are new “gently used” books on the shelf each week, and a safe environment to browse. All proceeds support programs, services and purchases which enhance the Library buildings and the experience of the patrons.