CLIFTON PARK — The Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library’s $4.4 million budget was approved by voters Thursday night.
The budget passed by a vote of 634 to 103. The total 2018 budget is $4,416,934. Out of that, $4,292,051 will be raised via property taxes. The remainder of the budget will be raised through fines, fees, grants and public funds. Voting was held from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the library at 475 Moe Rd.
Clifton Park Councilwoman Lynda Walowit voted in favor of passing the budget on Thursday. Before she headed inside to return the stack of books she was carrying, Walowit, who described herself as an avid reader, said that she is a frequent user of the public library and that they’re crucial for communities.
“It’s such an integral part of our community in so many ways,” she said.
The estimated 2018 library tax rate for both Clifton Park and Halfmoon will amount to about a $2.28 increase on the total tax bill for properties with a market value of $250,000.
Salaries and benefits constitute the largest category of costs for the library, coming in at $2.4 million, or 56 percent of the budget.
Also on the ballot for Halfmoon residents were three seats for library trustees. Incumbents Megan Brown and Maria McMunn were re-elected. Since there were only two candidates running for three open seats, the library board will appoint someone to fill the third seat for one year. The five-year term for the two elected trustees, as well as the one-year term for the appointed representative, begins Jan. 1.
Since the only trustee openings were for Halfmoon representatives, only Halfmoon residents…
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