Library Vote

Jim and Pat Van Orman work the voting table at the Seymour Library in Auburn on Tuesday where residents voted on a referendum for the 2018 budget.

Kevin Rivoli, The Citizen

Seymour Public Library's proposed 2018 budget received overwhelming support from members of the public who voted during Tuesday's referendum. 

Out of 140 total voters, 131 approved of the budget, while nine voted no. The library tax district includes all registered voters in the city of Auburn, the town of Owasco and parts of Sennett and Fleming within the Auburn Enlarged City School District.

Next year's total operating budget will be $991,318, of which $796,000 will be raised by a property tax levied against real property within the district, an approximate 2-percent increase from the 2017 budget. The library district currently collects $780,000 of its revenue in property taxes.

The remaining money will come from non-public funds, including an estimated $100,668 from the Seymour Library Foundation.

The proposed budget will allow the library to maintain its current level of services and cover a modest increase in total operating expenses, the library said in a November news release.

A copy of the budget can be found at the library or on its website, seymourlibrary.org.

Staff writer Natalie Brophy can be reached at (315)282-2239 or natalie.brophy@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter @brophy_natalie. 

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