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Mamaroneck Public Library Gets Voter Approval For Budget

Unofficial results of last night's library budget election indicate that the $2.7 million budget was passed by voters.

With nearly twice the number of voters then last year, unofficial results as of 9 p.m. last night indicate that the ’s 2012-13 budget has passed by a margin of 328 to 267.

“We were surprised at how many people came out to vote,” said Library Board Vice-President Carolyn Pomeranz about the turnout.

is a 6 percent increase over the 2010-11 budget, with an 18.26 increase in the tax levy.  This translates to an additional $75 for taxpayers on an average assessed home at $20,000.

Many of the increases were earmarked for one-time fees incurred in moving from the library’s temporary location on Mamaroneck Avenue to the new 31,300 square foot facility as well as state mandated increases in retirement benefits. Had the budget not passed, the library would have had to revert to the previous year’s budget, which could have resulted in staff and program cuts and reduced hours of operation.

“Fortunately, most of the people supported us in paying for this gorgeous new library—it’s very gratifying to see that,” said Board President Jeff Meighan. 

Including absentee ballots, there were 606 total voters compared to last year’s election, when only 359 voters came out, said Pomeranz.

Several trustees were also elected into office as follows:

Leonard Tallevi - 415 votes

Fred Rosenberg, incumbent - 399 votes

Eileen Cohen, incumbent – 385 votes

Joseph Vozza, incumbent – 421 votes

Helen Rafferty (write-in candidate) – 11 votes

Official results will not be available until all absentee ballots—which could be postmarked as late as Dec. 14—are counted. 

tom murphy December 15, 2011 at 11:37 AM
tom murphy 6:19 am on Thursday, December 15, 2011 I hope I am mistaken but I believe the library vote requires a 60% approval if they exceed the 2% tax cap. This is not a 60% victory. Someone needs to check the new tax cap law but I do think that library districts are included. If this is correct tgen the votes of 40% mean more then the votes of almost 60%;so much for democracy. Stephanie can Patch check on this?
BG7 December 15, 2011 at 02:20 PM
Tom - Ugh! - I hope this passes! The library, along with the school system, is one of the major draws to young families buying real estate here. It'd be shooting ourselves in the foot to let it go downhill.
Stefani Kim December 15, 2011 at 02:26 PM
Hi Tom, From what I was told by a board member, the trustees need a 60 percent majority to pass a budget that exceeds the tax cap and then get the budget passed by voters, but not by a specific percentage. Best, Stefani Kim
Chief Siwanoy December 15, 2011 at 02:58 PM
Library Districts are treated differently from School Districts under the Tax Cap Law, where a super majority of the popular vote is required. "In the case of a special district that requires a popular vote to pass the budgetary increase, the 60 percent voting requirement only applies to the board’s vote, not to the popular vote (where only a majority vote continues to be required)." The Property Tax Cap Guidelines for Implementation Publication 1000 (9-11) Published
tom murphy December 15, 2011 at 03:15 PM
Thats great, I am very relieved!
Frank December 15, 2011 at 07:04 PM
Good work everyone!

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