Voorheesville Public Library proposes $1.35M budget for next year; two contend for open board seat

VOORHEESVILLE — At $1.35 million, the Voorheesville Public Library’s proposed budget for 2020-21 is up almost 7 percent over this year, but still well under the state-set levy limit.

Almost all of the budget increase is earmarked for capital projects like improvements to the library’s outdoor lighting as well as “additional necessary building maintenance projects,” according to the library; state aid will cover about half of the capital-projects budget. 

In addition to seeking approval for next year’s budget, the library will also be asking residents to choose a new trustee. Lance Moore, who lost a re-election bid to Belinda Heckler last year, and Sarah Brunt are looking to fill the vacancy created by David Gibson’s expiring term. 

New Scotland and Guilderland residents served by the public library will see a two-penny increase in their tax rates, while Berne residents will have a four-cent increase. This year, New Scotland residents have a tax rate of $1.23 per $1,000 of assessed value; in Guilderland, it’s $1.13 per $1,000; and in Berne, residents have a tax rate of $1.92  per $1,000 of assessed value of their home, according to the library. ​

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