2016 & 2015 Proposed Budget & Trustee Election

2016 Budget Vote & Trustee Election

Election Results

Budget passed:

394 (Yes); 95 (No)

Trustee Election:

  • Selma L. Kaplan: 318 (5-year term)
  • Jill Fisher: 306 (5-year term)
  • Katryna Barber: 285 (3-year term)
  • John A. Ludwig: 236 (1-year term)
  • George Finsrud: 232 not elected

Total ballots cast: 489 (43 absentee)

Thank you Woodstock!

Legal Notice: Woodstock Public Library District Notice of Election for Library Budget and Board of Trustees for registered voters of the Town of Woodstock, Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 from 12 noon to 9:00pm at Woodstock Public Library, 5 Library Lane Woodstock, NY 12498.

Proposition: Should the budget proposed by the Board of Trustees of the Woodstock Public Library District in the amount of $627,868.96 be approved? Yes, or No.

Vote for four: George Finsrud, John A. Ludwig, Selma L. Kaplan, Jill Fisher, Katryna Barber.

Absentee ballots may be obtained at the Library beginning Tuesday, August 11th.

The proposed 2016 library budget includes a tax levy of $549,187.96, a 2% increase from 2015 budget. The total budget will increase 6.89%. The difference is being made up by the use of reserve funds.

The Proposed 2016 Budget includes a part-time Page position to be added. This is in response to continued increases in Library usage over the last 6 years without increasing Library staff. This position/person will help with shelving and collection maintenance as it is getting increasingly difficult to have staff be available on the desk, answering phones, and assisting patrons while also spending time shelving and away from the circulation desk. This cost of a new position is approximately $16,000 and is the main increase in the Staff Salaries. Because we are still in the process of hiring a new Library Director that salary is calculated at the top of the range given and the benefits are also calculated at the full cost of family medical benefit. Both of these costs are yet to be determined. Library usage has increased since 2009: Library visits increased 14.11%, total circulation increased 29.41%, Library sponsored programs have increased 20.19%, program attendance increased 14.05%, and our hours open annually increased by 4.88% all with the same staffing levels.

The Library Board voted in March to update the Library’s Master Plan to evaluate and plan the growth and expansion of the Library to meet the community’s increasing demands for Library service and programs. The Board amended the RFP in April to put the Master Plan process on hold until we have a new Director in place to see the process through. The Library Board has decided to use Reserve Funds to complete the Master Plan process rather than increase the Tax Levy. Once we have our new Director in place we will be working on the RFP and are excited to have full community involvement.

Curious about the value of your Library usage? Visit: http://resources.mhls.info/library-value-calculator (http://resources NULL.mhls NULL.info/library-value-calculator/)/ to find out.

Questions about this or other Library matters? Please visit or contact us:

Library Hours:

  • Tuesday & Wednesday: 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Thursday & Friday: 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm
  • Closed: Sunday & Monday

Phone: 845-679-2213

Email: info @ woodstock . org

To see last year’s budget information please visit: http://www.woodstock.org/voted/

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2015 Budget Vote & Trustee Election

Legal Notice: Woodstock Public Library District Notice of Election for Library Budget and Board of Trustees for registered voters of the Town of Woodstock, Thursday, September 4, 2014 from 12 noon to 9:00pm at Woodstock Public Library, 5 Library Lane Woodstock, NY 12498.

Should the budget proposed by the Board of Trustees of the Woodstock Public Library District in the amount of $584,596.13 be approved? Yes or No.

Vote for three: Jesse Jones, Dorothea Marcus, Martin Nystrom, Caroline Ritchey.

Absentee ballots are available at the Library.

Thursday, September 4  Set for Library Budget Vote and Trustee Election: The Woodstock Library announced that the Library Budget and Trustee Election will take place this year on Thursday, September 4th from 12 noon to 9:00pm.  Voting will take place in the Library at 5 Library Lane. All registered voters in the Town of Woodstock are eligible to vote.

Because Labor Day is so early this year, the Library vote will be earlier than usual. Absentee ballots may be obtained at the Library beginning Tuesday, August 12.

There are three seats available for the Library Board of Trustees, and four candidates running.  They are Jesse Jones, incumbent Board member; Dorothea Marcus and Caroline Ritchey, current Board members who were appointed within the last year to fill out terms of Board members who resigned; and Martin Nystrom, who was just appointed to the Facilities Task Force, and who would be new to the Board. Board candidates run at large.  The two highest vote-getters will be elected to five-year terms, and the third place candidate will be given a three-year term. The 2015 budget for the Library will be voted on as it is every year.

The official ballot reads: Proposition: Should the budget proposed by the Board of Trustees of the Woodstock Public Library District in the amount of $584,596.13 be approved? The proposed 2015 library budget includes a tax levy of $538,415.13, a 2% increase from 2014 budget. The total budget will increase 2.42%.

“The 2015 budget does not include any funding for the annex project. The outcome of the vote will not have a direct effect on the future of the project,” explained Library Director, Amy Raff. Stuart Auchincloss, Board President, added “It’s crucial that voters understand that this vote is to support the day-to-day operation of the Woodstock Library.  The trustees have approved a bare bones budget with only a minimal 2% increase to accommodate fixed costs.” The Woodstock Library has put its plans for an Annex on hold.  The Library has conducted a Town Hall meeting and open-dialogue board meetings to revisit the issue, and a 12-member Facilities Task Force has just begun deliberating, and aims to have specific recommendations to the Trustees re expansion of library space by January 2015. “This vote is not a referendum on the Annex,” claimed Auchincloss.  “It is essential that the Library staff, whom we all respect, have sufficient funds to carry out the many programs and functions that benefit the Town of Woodstock.”

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