Sidebar: The Library Budget
As the John Jermain Memorial Library’s Board of Trustees finalized its 2013 proposed budget, it always intended to stay within a state mandated two-percent property tax levy cap, which all school districts, municipalities and public libraries are subject to, according to Director Catherine Creedon.
“It is this board’s intention to have a conservative budget understanding that the economy is a factor for the community we serve,” says Creedon.
Last Wednesday, the JJML Board of Trustees adopted a proposed $2,158,915 budget within the two percent increase. That budget includes $905,000 in debt service for the $10 million bond school district voters approved over three years ago for the expansion and renovation of the historic John Jermain Memorial Library building on Main Street.
Creedon said that most line items are in line with the library’s 2012 $2,158,200 budget, which was approved by voters in the Sag Harbor School District although there have been a few notable changes. The library expects to generate less income from the Xerox copier, computer printer and through fines as people are more able to print and copy at home and can renew books online.
The library also plans to invest less in reference books and adult periodicals, but more in the virtual reference collection and digital books.
Custodial salaries will rise as a result of the move to 201 Main Street, which will be a bigger building. Buildings and grounds expenses will also go up, as will utilities, said Creedon. According to Creedon, those costs are expected to rise from $32,000 in 2011-2012 to $36,000 in 2012-2013.
Administrative expenses like newsletter printings and mailings will rise in cost from about $9,800 to about $10,860. Office supplies will rise from $12,000 to $12,680.
The next meeting of the JJML Board of Trustees will take place on Wednesday, July 18 at 6 p.m.