Voters approve Smithtown library budget

Robert Lusak, director of the Smithtown Special Library

Robert Lusak, director of the Smithtown Special Library District, shows the mural in the main reading room of the Smithtown Public Library. (Aug. 8, 2012) Photo Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

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Smithtown residents have passed a $13.3 million library budget and re-elected an incumbent trustee.

The 2013 spending plan proposed by the Smithtown Special Library District passed Tuesday by a vote of 1,006-768. Taxes will go up 2.86 percent on the average home.

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The tax levy will go up 2.75 percent. Library officials said that is within the state tax cap because of allowable exclusions such as growth of the town tax base.

The library recently completed a $21 million project to replace or renovate its branches in Smithtown, Kings Park, Nesconset and Commack.

Incumbent trustee John C. Martins and newcomer Suzanne Mohr were elected Tuesday to two open seats on the library's board of trustees. Each seat carries a three-year term.

Mohr, owner of a company that sells computer networking products, was the top vote-getter with 1,157 votes. Martin, a project manager at a software company, received 984 votes.

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Mohr and Martin defeated challengers Wayne Schaefer, a lawyer, and Rose Palazzolo, a retired accountant, who received 624 votes and 527 votes, respectively. Trustee Charles A. Sauer did not seek re-election.

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