How is our library funded?
In 2023, the budget of the Library will total about $745,000. This includes expenses for library staffing, utilities, programming, and growing and maintaining the Library’s collections, including physical materials, e-resources, and historical archives. The Library’s income includes $373,000 in public funds:
- $350,000 from Hudson
- $15,000 from Greenport
- about $8,000 from other government sources.
The other half of the Library’s income is raised through grants, donations, and fundraising events.
The November 2023 ballot in Greenport will contain a community-based funding initiative setting Greenport’s contribution at $85,000.
Currently, our library receives around 49% of our funding from community-based support in Hudson (47%) and Greenport (2%). If the Greenport funding initiative is approved, about 53% of our funding will come from these sources.
What is a community based funding initiative?
- Chapter 414 of the laws of 1995 (Education Law 259(1)(b)) in New York State allows libraries to place a funding proposition on a municipal ballot.
- Propositions for community-based funding initiatives are found on the back of the ballot during the general election in November.
- If approved, the amount set by a funding initiative is collected by the town and contributed to the library annually.
- The amount of the contribution, once approved, remains the same until the library brings a new funding proposition before the voters.
- In 2022, the library’s community-based funding initiative in the City of Hudson was successful, increasing Hudson’s annual contribution for library services from $250,000 to $350,000.
- In 2023, Greenport voters will be able to vote on a proposition to increase their annual contribution for library services.
What is on the ballot in Greenport this November?
- Proposal three, a community-based funding proposition for the Library, will be on the back of the ballot in Greenport this November.
- If approved, Greenport will contribute $85,000 annually to the Library, an increase of $70,000.
- This amount will be covered by the town’s property taxes, and will add less than 13 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value.
- For a home assessed at $200,000, it will cost about a cup of coffee a month to provide the library with this funding.
When and where can I vote?
2023 Election Day Schedule & Locations:
Tuesday, November 7, 2023, 6am – 9pm
On Election Day, Greenport residents vote at either Greenport Town Hall (600 Town Hall Drive) or Becraft Pumper No. 2 (257 County Route 22), depending on their voting district. Click here to find your polling location.
2023 Early Voting Locations:
Eligible voters in Columbia County can vote early at either early voting location.
- Columbia County Office Building, 401 State Street, Hudson, NY 12534
- Martin H. Glynn Municipal Building, 3211 Church Street, Valatie, NY 12184
2023 Early Voting Schedule:
- Saturday, October 28: 9am – 5pm
- Sunday, October 29: 9am – 5pm
- Monday, October 30: 12pm – 8pm
- Tuesday, October 31: 9am – 5pm
- Wednesday, November 1: 12pm – 8pm
- Thursday, November 2: 9am – 5pm
- Friday, November 3: 9am – 5pm
- Saturday, November 4: 9am – 5pm
- Sunday, November 5: 9am – 5pm