Library seeks 39% funding increase
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.