Editorial: Library deserves support – New York News

A random Thursday in September two days after a primary and two months before a general election is a pretty odd time to hold a special election.

But that shouldn’t dissuade voters living in Clifton Park and Halfmoon from taking a few minutes Thursday to support their local library.

Residents in the two communities’ library district will vote Thursday on a $4.41 million budget for the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library on Moe Road.

Even in these days of the internet and wi-fi and mobile access to information, the public library remains essential to the community, and it needs the public’s support.

Credit library officials for keeping the budget affordable. Spending is up slightly less than 3 percent over the previous year, but taxes will only go up 1.28 percent in Clifton Park and 2.34 percent in Halfmoon.

For a home in the library district valued at $250,000, the increase will cost that homeowner an extra $2.28 for the entire year, or about 19 cents a month. 

For that, community members  will continue to get to take advantage of all the library has to offer: books, DVDs and e-books for borrowing, nearly 1,300 programs, computer access, and assistance in everything from seeking a job to technology training to scholarly research.

The 40,000 people who walked through the library door in 2016 borrowed more than 800,000 items, and more than 28,000 people participated in library programs. In addition, the public rooms at the library are used heavily by community groups and individuals for meetings and programs.

There’s no excuse for not voting. Polls are open for 14 hours Thursday, from 7 a.m….

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