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The Library’s 2017/2018 Budget

Election Results:   Yes: 1,845 (72%); No: 729 (28%)  The Budget passed.

Board of Trustees’ Budget Message:

The Library’s Board of Trustees has approved a 2017/2018 operating budget of $4,038,583. This is based upon a tax-levy of $3,689,217. Details of the budget are available here.

Proposed 2017/2018 Budget

Click the image above to view details of the Library’s Proposed 2017/2018 Budget.

As always, our primary goal is to maintain the level of service you expect while keeping the physical plant in good repair. And it is this latter challenge that this budget addresses. While efficiencies in operations and staffing result in level or minor increases in expenditures, it’s the building itself where we have to direct resources. We have devoted increased funds to Properties (Capital Improvements, etc.) by reallocating funds from Physical Plant operations. As we have done for the past two years, we have reduced the amount of money needed to run the building – the Physical Plant line – through negotiating reduced prices for building services and the installation of high-efficiency lighting.

Three major projects were completed last year: repair of the unsafe loading dock, replacement of the roof, and installation of the above-mentioned lighting. But as with any quarter-century old building, additional work is needed. Anticipated Gifts and Grants for 2017/2018 total more than $282,000; this grant money will help pay for replacing major components of the decades-old, inefficient HVAC system.

As for the increase in Professional Services, the interior design of the library is a period-piece dating back over two decades. Staff has done what it can to arrange the interior for maximum customer convenience, but assuring the interior can meet the community’s needs for the next 25 years is going to take some expert help. The Board has hired the firm of Butler, Rowland & Mays to evaluate the interior layout, and develop a long-range plan that will meet this service goal.

That’s our goal with this budget. To give you the service you expect now, and in the future.

We, your elected representatives, propose this budget and urge you to vote on May 16 at your local elementary school.

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Respectfully submitted,
Daniel Centi, President
Bryan Best, Vice President
Judith Kahn, Secretary
Christopher Aldrich
David Bosworth, Jr. (dec)
Barbara Fraterrigo
Herbert W. Hennings
Peter Hubbard
Karen Carpenter Palumbo
Carolyn Williams
Jason Wright
Carroll Valachovic, Board-Appointed Treasurer
Tim Wiles Library Director

Board of Trustee Candidates:

As part of the election on Tuesday, May 16, voters will choose three Trustees to serve on the Library’s Board. The top two vote-getters will each serve full, five-year terms; the third will serve the rest of the term (expires June 30, 2018) of the Trustee David A. Bosworth, Jr, who recently passed away.

The three declared candidates are:

Kaitlin Downey is married and has been a Guilderland resident since July 2016. She works for the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene on a grant to reduce heroin and opioid use in New York State. She attended high school at Hadley-Luzerne, graduating with a Regent’s diploma with high honors, and then earned a BA in Math from SUNY Plattsburgh. She will shortly graduate from Southern New Hampshire University with a Master’s Degree in Public Health. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Pi, the National Society of Leadership and Success.

Ms. Downey’s statement: “I am interested in becoming a Library Trustee because I am committed to lifelong learning. The library is an entity which enables learners of all ages to engage in cultural enrichment, and serves as a community-gathering place. I have loved reading since I was a child and I have worked to pass the gift of reading on to others throughout my life. I have collected and donated hundreds of books to send to soldiers serving overseas and participated in book donations for various groups. As a new resident of Guilderland, I am looking to get involved and give back to my community.”

Peter Hubbard is married and has two children, both of whom attend Guilderland Elementary School. He is employed by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. A graduate of Guilderland High School he has earned an Associate’s Degree from Hudson Valley Community College with a focus on Human Services, and completed a Bachelors of Arts Degree at the University at Albany, SUNY, with a major in Psychology and minor in Sociology. He and his family attend Christ the King Church in Guilderland.

Mr. Hubbard’s statement: “I would first like to thank the residents of the Town of Guilderland for allowing me opportunity to serve them as a current board member. Having been a lifelong resident of Guilderland, I was looking for a way to give back to my community. As a board, we are always looking for ways to make the library experience enjoyable. I have enjoyed collaborating with Assemblymember Patricia Fahy and Senator George A. Amedore, Jr., as well as the Upper Hudson Library System and Guilderland School District to secure and work with funding to improve structural aspects of the library. It has truly been an honor to work with a very talented, dedicated and hard-working group of board members and an exceptional library staff. I’m asking for your support as I run for reelection.”

Nareen Luz Rivas is married and has two boys; one attends Guilderland Elementary School while the younger goes to preschool at the Guilderland YMCA. She holds a BA in English Literature from SUNY Oswego and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from CUNY, The City College of New York. For the past five years she has worked as a stay-at-home mom, but before that she had a nine-year career as a teacher in New York City, working in special education. Her last position was an Evaluation Coordinator, Early Intervention, for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York.

Ms. Rivas’ statement: “Whenever I moved to a new city, I always tried to get to know my local library, and I did the same thing when I moved to Guilderland. Not only was I happy to find this library offers so many wonderful books, but it also offers a wonderful sense of community. The staff works tirelessly to offer programs and resources that are engaging, fun, educational, and thought-provoking.

“As a Trustee, I would be able to give back through an institution that plays a vital role in its community. As a lifelong reader, and educator, the library to me is a place that offers not only books, but also computers, tax forms or a quiet place to study … resources that help a community thrive, and I would like to be a part of that.”


May 5, 2017