Vot­ers re­ject Phoeni­cia Li­brary fund­ing hike

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

Town res­i­dents voted 634-613 against a 72 per­cent increase for the Phoeni­cia Li­brary. The propo­si­tion asked for an increase from $68,000, to $162,000.

The increase would have been the first since 2011 for the li­brary, which has a $177,000 bud­get for 2016

The bal­ance above the $94,000 levy that is cur­rently

fi­nanced by prop­erty taxes comes from do­na­tions, grants and state aid.

Li­brar­ian El­iz­a­beth Pot­ter said there has been an increase in use of the Phoeni­cia Li­brary, which last year re­sumed op­er­a­tions on Main Street five years af­ter it was closed due to a fire.

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