Below is the video showing the portion of the June 20th meeting. Trustee Cunningham, the library treasurer, gave a presentation titled, "Voice of the Resident's Budget", detailing the proposed budget for October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014 if the vote is favorable to re-charter as a school district library.
If the vote is not favorable, they will need to either look for additional funding or reduce their budget to an amount set by the town board at budget time.
We also prepared a spreadsheet comparing their present budget with their proposed budget as a school district library:
Click here for a full page view of our spreadsheet.
The budget they proposed will not be in effect until October 1, 2013 when next year's school tax bills are paid; therefore, ALL Town of New Hartford residents including NYM and Chadwicks will still be taxed for library expenses on the 2013 town budget.
According to Treasurer Earl Cunningham, the budget includes 10% pay raises for all employees because they deserve it. It also includes a pay increase of $20,000 for the library director; $10,000 extra for the assistant and 2 new full-time employees.
Trustee Wiatr questioned the payment of 100% health benefits for library employees. Mr. Cunningham replied giving an example that you can't ask someone making $22,672 a year to contribute to their health costs...that would take a lot of nerve.
Another area of concern for Trustee Wiatr was that library employees are paid to come to work one hour early to open the library. Of course, other library trustees had an answer for everything Trustee Wiatr had to say regarding his concerns over the budget increases.
It's all on the videotape. We encourage New Hartford Central School District taxpayers to view this videotape to get a clear understanding of the proposed budget that will be put before district voters on August 23, 2012.
According to Board President Linda Romano, she has been working with Supervisor Tyksinski for assurances that the $400,000 currently in the town budget for the library will not be spent on other items, but will instead be taken out of the 2014 town budget. [Psst...are you buying this?
Here is the video portion of the June 20, 2012 Library Board of Trustee's meeting regarding re-chartering:
At least one person in New Hartford [other than 99% of the library trustees] feels that the proposed almost $1,000,000 library budget is actually inadequate to meet the needs of the community. He warned the library trustees to think about their future needs. Shortly, we will be showing that excerpt from the May library board meeting. We are waiting for some FOILed documents.
The next meeting that normally would have been held at 7:00 p.m. on July 18, 2012, has been rescheduled for noon that same day. The August meeting has been cancelled. So much for an effective public relations campaign. Tick, tock...