New Hartford Public Library Recharter...

New Hartford Public Library Rechartering Vote

There are 3 comments on the WUTR story from Aug 14, 2012, titled New Hartford Public Library Rechartering Vote. In it, WUTR reports that:

Some say public libraries serve as community treasure chests. The New Hartford Public Library says they've been forced to reduce hours, close their doors two days a week and cut essential services.

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TaxPayer

Utica, NY

#1 Aug 16, 2012


About a year ago, select members of the New Hartford Public Library Board of Trustees formed a “committee” to explore the feasibility of re-chartering from a town library to a school district library…a committee that continues to meet - WITHOUT INVOLVEMENT OF TOWN RESIDENTS - in violation of the NYS Open Meetings Law.
Currently, taxpayers in the Town of New Hartford (to include the Village of NYM and the hamlet of Chadwicks) provide direct support of over $450,000 through town property taxes and in-kind services.
If the rechartering is approved on August 23rd, residential and commercial properties within the New Hartford Central School District will be taxed to support the library budget of almost $1,000,000. That also means that, if the recharter vote is successful, NHCSD residents in the towns of Frankfort, Kirkland and Paris, who currently do not pay to support the library, will be obligated to pay the New Hartford Public Library tax on their school tax bills.
Information distributed by library officers says it will only cost 23 cents a day. However, let’s put some “real” numbers into the mix.
NHCSD taxpayers in the town of New Hartford can expect to see an additional charge on their school tax bill of $.66 per thousand of assessed value; residents of Frankfort can expect about $.74 per thousand of assessed value; residents of Kirkland can expect to pay about $.85 per thousand of assessed value; and residents of Paris can expect to see an additional charge on their NHCS tax bill of approximately $.55 per thousand of assessed value.(Source: NHPL Board Treasurer). The STAR exemption which helps to reduce your school tax bill does not apply to this library tax. Bottom line…the “average” home in the NHCSD that is assessed for $150,000 can expect a separate line item library tax of about $105.00 starting with their 2013 school tax bill.
How long will it be before $1,000,000 becomes $1.5 million and then $2 million and on and on? Is it really necessary that we continually strive to be the biggest and the best?
Increased use of information technology lessens the demand for services previously provided by libraries. Do we really “need” to be open seven days a week as suggested by the current library officers/trustees?
According to 2011 reports filed by the library, over thirty-three percent (33%) of library patrons are registered non-resident borrowers. Should NHCSD residents be taxed to support the “whims” of a few who, according to the “Survey 2012” responses recently FOILed from the library, do not even reside in the New Hartford school district?
Trustees must balance their role as supporters for the library’s success against their governance role as overseers of the library’s management to ensure that assets are used properly, laws and regulations are followed, and the public interest is best served.
Current library trustees have acknowledged during videotaped meetings that the NHPL library has never engaged an outside CPA firm to perform annual audits of revenues and expenses. They have also acknowledged that annual financial reports have never been filed with the NYS Comptroller as required by law. Library officers have chosen to ignore repeated comptroller requests for compliance.
NHPL trustees now ask taxpayers to fund an almost $1,000,000 budget which carries with it a $20,000 pay increase for the library director, a $10,000 pay increase for the senior library clerk as well as, a ten (10%) pay increase for all other library personnel; a hard sell in these economic times.
There will be an “informational” meeting on August 20, 2012 at the NHPL – Sammon Room at 7:00 P.M.
Registered voters of the New Hartford Central School District, to include the towns of Paris, Frankfort, Kirkland as well as New Hartford are asked to make their voice heard on Thursday, August 23, 2012 by voting “NO” on the re-chartering, thus keeping the library town-funded with oversight by our elected NH town officials.
TaxPayer

Utica, NY

#2 Aug 16, 2012
About a year ago, select members of the New Hartford Public Library Board of Trustees formed a “committee” to explore the feasibility of re-chartering from a town library to a school district library…a committee that continues to meet - WITHOUT INVOLVEMENT OF TOWN RESIDENTS - in violation of the NYS Open Meetings Law.
Currently, taxpayers in the Town of New Hartford (to include the Village of NYM and the hamlet of Chadwicks) provide direct support of over $450,000 through town property taxes and in-kind services.
If the rechartering is approved on August 23rd, residential and commercial properties within the New Hartford Central School District will be taxed to support the library budget of almost $1,000,000. That also means that, if the recharter vote is successful, NHCSD residents in the towns of Frankfort, Kirkland and Paris, who currently do not pay to support the library, will be obligated to pay the New Hartford Public Library tax on their school tax bills.
Information distributed by library officers says it will only cost 23 cents a day. However, let’s put some “real” numbers into the mix.
NHCSD taxpayers in the town of New Hartford can expect to see an additional charge on their school tax bill of $.66 per thousand of assessed value; residents of Frankfort can expect about $.74 per thousand of assessed value; residents of Kirkland can expect to pay about $.85 per thousand of assessed value; and residents of Paris can expect to see an additional charge on their NHCS tax bill of approximately $.55 per thousand of assessed value.(Source: NHPL Board Treasurer). The STAR exemption which helps to reduce your school tax bill does not apply to this library tax. Bottom line…the “average” home in the NHCSD that is assessed for $150,000 can expect a separate line item library tax of about $105.00 starting with their 2013 school tax bill.
How long will it be before $1,000,000 becomes $1.5 million and then $2 million and on and on? Is it really necessary that we continually strive to be the biggest and the best?
Increased use of information technology lessens the demand for services previously provided by libraries. Do we really “need” to be open seven days a week as suggested by the current library officers/trustees?
According to 2011 reports filed by the library, over thirty-three percent (33%) of library patrons are registered non-resident borrowers. Should NHCSD residents be taxed to support the “whims” of a few who, according to the “Survey 2012” responses recently FOILed from the library, do not even reside in the New Hartford school district?
Trustees must balance their role as supporters for the library’s success against their governance role as overseers of the library’s management to ensure that assets are used properly, laws and regulations are followed, and the public interest is best served.
Current library trustees have acknowledged during videotaped meetings that the NHPL library has never engaged an outside CPA firm to perform annual audits of revenues and expenses. They have also acknowledged that annual financial reports have never been filed with the NYS Comptroller as required by law. Library officers have chosen to ignore repeated comptroller requests for compliance.
NHPL trustees now ask taxpayers to fund an almost $1,000,000 budget which carries with it a $20,000 pay increase for the library director, a $10,000 pay increase for the senior library clerk as well as, a ten (10%) pay increase for all other library personnel; a hard sell in these economic times.
There will be an “informational” meeting on August 20, 2012 at the NHPL – Sammon Room at 7:00 P.M. Please plan to attend to ask questions and voice your opinion.
Registered voters of the New Hartford Central School District, to include the towns of Paris, Frankfort, Kirkland as well as New Hartford are asked to make their voice heard on Thursday, August 23, 2012 by voting “NO” on the re-chartering.
who is in charge

New York, NY

#3 Aug 16, 2012
Typical public employees and libral elites, who look at their employment as an entitlements.

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