Li­brary seeks 39% fund­ing in­crease

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­line.com

RHINEBECK >> Town res­i­dents next Tues­day will vote on $107,000 in pro­posed tax­payer fund­ing of the Mor­ton Memo­rial Li­brary.

The amount rep­re­sents an in­crease of $30,000, or 39 per­cent, over this year’s to­tal.

Li­brary board Pres­i­dent Steve San­sola said Tues­day that the fund­ing will al­low the fa­cil­ity, which is in the ham­let of Rhinecliff, to be less re­liant on fundrais­ing.

“The ad­di­tional $30,000 will re­ally help to main­tain cur­rent li­brary oper­a­tions,” he said. “Right now, we do a lot with fundrais­ing ef­forts to off­set our costs, and we draw from our en­dow­ment.”

“Since 2013, we’ve been strug­gling to keep pace with the nec­es­sary funds to keep the li­brary go­ing in both our oper­a­tions and phys­i­cal plant up­keep,” San­sola said. “So while many li­braries may go to the vot­ers every year for small in­cre­ments, 2 or 3 per­cent, we try to min­i­mize them by fundrais­ing as much as we can. But since 2013 .. .it’s been a real chal­lenge for us.”

Prior to 2006, the Mor­ton Memo­rial li­brary re­ceived only $12,000 per year from the town bud­get.

The li­brary is plan­ning a 2017 bud­get of $168,600.

“Things that drive the bud­get [are] just med­i­cal costs, in­creases in ex­penses re­lated to Mid-Hud­son Li­brary Sys­tem ser­vices, we have on­go­ing tech­nol­ogy needs, we deal with in­creases in util­i­ties, in­ter­net ser­vices,” San­sola said.

Other ex­penses in­clude main­tain­ing a 108-yearold build­ing, which “con­stantly needs work,” San­sola said.

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