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A week ago at the May 16, 2012 Library Trustee meeting, the library treasurer boasted that the town would be making an additional $50,000 payment to the library. He even tried to goad Trustee Wiatr to wager a bet as to whether the monies would be forthcoming from the town.
It is apparent now that discussions took place behind closed doors...discussions that appear to have resulted in three (3) of the five (5) town board members promising to turn over $50,000 of sales tax revenue to the library. Councilman Reynold's can even be heard on this video saying there was a "gentlemen's agreement".
As you listen to this video, keep in mind that the Library books have NEVER been audited and they have NEVER filed the required Annual Update Document with the State Comptroller's Office even though the Library Treasurer received a letter from the State Comptroller a couple of years ago requesting compliance with General Municipal Law Article 3 - Report of Financial Condition:
§ 30 (3) An annual report of financial transactions shall be made by the treasurer of each public library and library service system established pursuant to section two hundred fifty-five of the education law, each county vocational education board established pursuant to section eleven hundred one of the education law and each board of cooperative educational services established pursuant to section nineteen hundred fifty-eight of the education law.Keep in mind that over a million dollars is owed to the Consolidated Sewer District and the Police Fund still owes money due to interfund borrowings that took place during the Earle Reed administration.
On August 23, 2012, voters in the New Hartford Central School District will be asked to vote on a $ 996,975 library budget; more than double the taxes that are currently being collected to fund the library.
If the vote is favorable for the library to recharter as a school district library, it is projected to cost between $.55 to $.85 per thousand of assessed value in additional taxes on the 2013-14 school tax bill depending on where you live in the New Hartford School District. The total taxes will be based on your actual assessed value as STAR exemptions cannot be applied to other than school taxes.
Currently the town budget includes $400,000 to fund the library each year and those taxes are paid by everyone including the residents in the two villages.
With rechartering as a school district library, only residents in the New Hartford Central School District will be required to pay to fund the library.