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Smithtown library district budget calls for less spent on books, more online services

The main reading room of the Smithtown library.

The main reading room of the Smithtown library. (Aug. 8, 2012) Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

The Smithtown Special Library District’s vote on its 2014 proposed budget — which calls for less spending on books and more for online materials and services — and trustee election will be held today.

The $13.8 million budget plan is a 3.9 percent increase over this year’s approximately $13.3 million budget. The proposed budget includes about $520,000 more in spending.

Taxes would increase slightly by $6.74 on an average home whose annual taxes are assessed at $6,000.

The vote will be held from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the district’s four branch libraries.

Major budget changes include a nearly $471,500 increase in salaries and benefits for library employees and a more than $42,000 increase allocated for building and equipment repairs.

There are three candidates for three board of trustees seats. Trustees serve a three-year term in the unpaid position.

Incumbent Joseph A. Vallone, of Kings Park, a former insurance underwriting manager, said in a statement that he will “explore all avenues for grants through governmental agencies and private foundations.

Newcomer Gerard J. Cairns, of Kings Park, a retired middle and high school principal, said in a statement that he would like to add lighting for parking areas and increase community involvement.

Newcomer Diana L. Schilling-Held, of St. James, said in a statement that she would use her sales and marketing skills to “build awareness of resources that the library can provide.”

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