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Voters return to polls for Elwood library budget

Voters in the Elwood Public Library district will return to the polls Tuesday to decide on the library’s revised budget proposal, after its previous proposed budget was defeated last month.

The revised budget of $1,566,766 for the 2011-12 fiscal year — an increase of 3.39 percent over the current budget — would freeze salaries and close the library on some Sundays.

The tax rate would increase by 3.36 percent, down from the library’s previous proposed increase of 4.9 percent. The average home assessed at $4,000 would pay $319.60, an increase of $10.40 over the previous year.

The library’s prior proposal, put before voters on April 5, would have increased the budget by 4.5 percent and the tax rate by 4.9 percent — chiefly due to increases in the cost of state-mandated health and retirement benefits. That proposal, which also included a $67,763 increase in total salaries and benefits for the library’s nearly two dozen employees, failed by nine votes.

The current proposal freezes salaries and reduces library hours by closing the doors for one-third of the Sundays the library is open.

The vote will be  from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday at the library,1929 Jericho Tpke.

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