Shelter Island voters will have to go to school Saturday to vote on their public library budget for 2012, because the basement of the public library — where votes are normally held — is inaccessible during construction work.
The proposed budget of $577,691 is almost 1 percent less than the current $583,100. But taxes will rise by 4.5 percent because of a drop in private contributions this year at the same time that insurance costs and other expenses are going up.
Library director Denise DiPaolo said a typical family living on Shelter Island would pay $4.50 a year more in taxes if the budget passes.
Voting will be in the library of the Shelter Island Elementary and High School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.