Proposed Budget Keeps NSPL Among Lowest Library Tax Rates in Brookhaven

Library Tax Accounts for Slightly More Than 3% of Total Property Tax

Projected Tax Rate

If you live in Riverhead: $4.30 per $1000 of market value

If you live in Brookhaven: $7.12 per $100 of assessed value

The North Shore Public Library is the only tax-supported institution which offers services to every member of our community from preschooler to senior citizen. Slightly more than three percent of the total of your property taxes supports the library.

Voters will go to the polls on April 8th for the annual library budget vote and trustee election.

The seat currently held by trustee Richard Johannesen will be on this year’s ballot.

The proposed budget for fiscal year 2003/2004 maintains the library’s status of having one of the lowest tax rates among all of Brookhaven’s libraries.

The proposed tax rate translates to an annual cost for library services of approximately $230 per year for a $200,000 home in our community.

Members of the community are invited to an informational meeting on Monday, April 7th at 7:30 p.m. in the library for a detailed explanation of the budget. You may also call Elaine Brecha, Library Director, at 929-4488, ext. 229.

“The proposed budget for 2003/2004 ensures that the NSPL community is provided with the high-quality library services that our community has come to appreciate and enjoy,” said Library Director Elaine Brecha.

Category

Proposed 2003

Library books

$255,300

Electronic media

47,000

Audio-visual

85,300

Periodicals, pamphlets, microfilm

49,600

Bookbinding

500

Programs (lectures, music)

49,000

Salaries: Professional

833,900

Salaries: Clerical

665,600

Computers, equipment & furniture

70,800

Conference

15,500

Office & library supplies

50,900

Telephone/telecommunications

21,300

Postage

23,600

Publicity & printing

18,800

Travel

2,900

Contracts with other libraries

29,600

Professional fees

74,200

Membership dues

2,100

Rental of equipment

17,800

Equipment maintenance

27,000

Annual vote

2,000

Insurance

43,000

Computerized circulation system

33,900

Utilities

71,400

Custodial services

30,500

Repairs to building & grounds

48,300

Maintenance (building & grounds)

9,500

Retirement

54,000

Social Security

91,900

Health insurance

226,300

Total Budget

2,951,500

Revenues

111,200

Amount to be raised by taxation from residents of NSPL

$2,840,300

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