Residents in both and library districts passed their budgets in yesterday's vote with flying colors.
In Northport-East Northport, the library’s proposed budget for 2012-2013 passed 574 to 94, a 6 to 1 margin. The new budget holds an increase of 1.82 percent and an estimated tax rate increase of $0.24 per $100 assessed valuation which, based on a $4,000 assessment, amounts to $9.60 for the year per household. This amount is less than the property tax levy limit set by New York State for the library.
"We're very grateful for the strong vote of support," said Library Director Eileen Minogue, who added that most people polled in a survey accompanying the ballot considered the increase affordable. "People are very appreciative to have a library with such great services in their lives."
Incumbent Andrea Gladding also defeated challenger Jacqueline Elsas, 378 to 192, for one seat on the board of trustees and will begin her second five year term on July 1, 2012.
Elwood voters passed their library's 2012-13 budget 316 to 118 on Tuesday. The budget includes the amount of $1,430,088.50 to be raised by taxation, which represents a 1.9 percent increase over last year. This means that for a property assessed at the middle tax rate, $4000, the tax increase, if the budget is approved, would be six dollars and forty cents per year ($6.40).
Unopposed incumbent trustee Susanne Lercher secured another five year term on the board of trustees.