Hannibal Free Library to have proposition on school ballot

by Andrew Henderson

Hannibal Free Library will have a proposition on the 2012 Hannibal Central School District Ballot.

Outlined in New York State Education Law as a means of acquiring local funding support, the board of trustees of the Hannibal Free Library is asking voters to approve additional annual funding through the school district referendum.

The library has been funded with $35,000 annually through a proposition that passed in 2006.  An additional $10,000 is now being requested.

The library funding proposition will appear before school district voters May 15.

The school district only acts as a funding source. The proposition is not  part of the school budget. It appears as a separate line item on tax bills.

The cost to provide the library with an additional $10,000 is approximately 5 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value.

A homeowner with an assessment of $100,000 would therefore pay an additional $5 annually.

New York’s public libraries have not received an increase in state funding since 1998 and have been additionally cut by 23 percent in the past five years.

Funding is now at the same level it was in 1994.

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