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Crandall library budget passes

2012-11-06T23:45:00Z 2012-11-07T00:45:16Z Crandall library budget passesOMAR RICARDO AQUIJE -- Glens Falls Post-Star

The Crandall Public Library budget was approved easily Tuesday, allowing services to be maintained and others expanded for the upcoming year.

The proposed 2013 budget passed 10,989 to 7,052 after votes were totaled in Glens Falls, Queensbury and Moreau, according to unofficial results from the Board of Elections in Warren and Saratoga counties.

Votes from the three municipalities must be totaled together to determine the outcome of the proposal.

In Glens Falls, the budget passed 2,592 to 1,381. It passed comfortably in Queensbury, too — 5,890 to 3,479, according to unofficial results from the Warren County Board of Elections.

Moreau voters supported the budget 2,501 to 2,191, according to unofficial results from the Saratoga County Board of Elections.

The library’s budget increases spending by $119,952, or 2.8 percent. It brings the budget to $4.26 million.

Increases in the cost of health insurance and pensions are the primary reason for the increase in spending over the prior year.

The tax levy will increase by $63,225, or 1.9 percent, to $3.22 million.

The budget maintains Sunday library hours in fall, winter and spring, and continues a three-year computer replacement schedule.

Spending for library materials will increase to $349,193, up from $344,300. Most of the increase is to expand the selection of eBooks available for download for people who have a library card.

The library will add new computer classes with instruction on how to use the iPad and Kindle Fire tablets.

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  1. baibear
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    baibear - November 21, 2012 7:21 am
    my husband and I both vote no every year because the money spent on this place is ridiculous! And why is it that only the people who live in Glens Falls, Queensbury and Moreau have to pay for it. New computers every three years-I don't get a new computer every three years. It is time they tightened their belt just like everyone else has had to.
  2. ThisIsMyCity
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    ThisIsMyCity - November 08, 2012 1:24 am
    Well put Kate!!!
  3. Atheist1
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    Atheist1 - November 07, 2012 8:49 pm
    Kate, same goes for the rest of this country.
  4. kate
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    kate - November 07, 2012 2:25 pm
    Does anyone who voted "yes" on this budget ever visit the library? I stopped going there over a year ago because of the squatters/derelicts who seem to have overtaken this tax payer funded shelter. The foul/loud language, the scary people - and the staff does nothing - the staff says because it is public, there is nothing they can do.

    Whether you voted yes or no on the budget, you should stop by the library and see what your tax dollars are supporting. It's sad that the staff allows the behavior to continue and drives people away who would enjoy and respect the library the way it should be.

    And yes, I have tried complaining, but I continue to get the "it's public, nothing we can do" excuse. I'm pretty sure that most of the people who continue to disrespect the library contribute zero in tax dollars to it's budget.

    So, go ahead and visit what $4.26 million of your tax dollars has been spent on - you will be shocked...
  5. thurman15
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    thurman15 - November 07, 2012 12:04 pm
    $4.26 MILLION... for a library. It's nice, but can we really afford NICE anymore?! In Queensbury, the library tax levy is nearly 60% of the required fire protection levy. I understand, fire fighting equipment IS expensive. But, I see "chiefs" vehicles parked all over town, and all those "castles" seem a bit exhorbitant, too. Again, nice. But, can we continue to afford nice?!
  6. ThisIsMyCity
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    ThisIsMyCity - November 07, 2012 11:24 am
    What a joke. Are they going to start a capital campaign to add shower facilities and some food service?
    This is super news for those that squat at the computers for free Internet access all day - now they can "be more comfortable" with their iPads in a lounge chair in the corner. Two things I don't even have in my own home. At least I'm paying a higher tax so they can enjoy.
  7. Sceptical Mass
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    Sceptical Mass - November 07, 2012 10:49 am
    I am all for the Crandall Library, but, is it just me, or does this sound like an awful lot of monies to operate this facility to anyone else?
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    - November 07, 2012 7:55 am
    are you kidding me? Every body that I know and they know votes no and it still passes every year... crazy
  9. Atheist1
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    Atheist1 - November 07, 2012 7:54 am
    Wow, between Obama and this, this country seems to be run by liberals.


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