Fall 2011

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Legislative Update

Fall 2011 issue of Trustee

  • In August, Governor Cuomo signed into law, legislation ( S.4053 Farley/A.6468 Reilly) which will allow public library systems to apply for local government efficiency grants administered by the Department of State. The grants can be used to study and implement shared services, cooperative arrangements and other cost saving measures.
  • The effect of the Tax Cap legislation (S.5856/A.8518), passed in June 2011, is still being analyzed by the library community. Libraries are included in the local government section of the legislation in the “special districts” category. Of key interest is the opinion that a library board is able to propose a budget that exceeds the 2% tax cap if 60% of that board votes to do so. That budget must still be approved by simple majority of voters when the budget proposition is brought to vote.

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