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Copiague library holds budget hearing

The Copiague Memorial Public Library is holding a budget hearing Wednesday to discuss the upcoming budget vote and trustee election.

The 7 p.m. meeting will focus on the 2011-12 budget, which calls for a 3 percent tax increase. The amount to be raised by property taxes is rising from $3,267,000 in last year’s budget to $3,365,000.

The increase would translate to a tax hike of $11.66 for an average home in Copiague, said library director Kenneth Miller.

In the budget, the category of library materials and services drops from $417,000 to $414,000, and general library supplies decreases from $40,000 to $36,000. Debt service drops from $244,369 to $218,050.

Administration costs grow by $2,400 while building operations and maintenance increase by $800. The library’s operating expenses increase 4.3 percent from $3,561,869 to $3,715,050.

In October 2009, voters approved a $1.5-million bond to construct a second-floor addition to the adult room in the library. The work began in December 2010, Miller said, and took four months to complete, with the library restoring full services on April 6.

The budget vote and trustee election will take place on April 26 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the library. Trustee Mary Haughey is running for re-election unopposed.

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