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Aug 11, 2010 11:57 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Taxpayers approve Hampton Bays Library's $1.89 million budget

Aug 11, 2010 11:57 AM

On Tuesday, taxpayers overwhelmingly approved the Hampton Bays Public Library’s $1.89 million budget for 2011, a plan that increases overall spending by almost 4.9 percent and library taxes by nearly 6 percent.

The referendum passed by a 276-46 margin, according to Library Director Michael Firestone.

As a result, the library’s tax rate will increase about 2 cents next year to approximately 43 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation. Therefore, a taxpayer whose home is assessed at $350,000 can expect to pay about $151 in library taxes next year, or $8.50 more than this year.

The bulk of the spending increase, projected to total around $84,000, is attributed to a $54,000 bump in the budget line for employee salaries and benefits, according to a copy of the proposal.

Laura Cooper

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Good for you, Hampton Bays! Libraries ROCK!
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on Aug 11, 10 11:29 AM
Wonderful news; the library offers so much to the community. My sister-in-law, Alice Squires former teacher in HB, was a great supporter of the library.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Aug 11, 10 2:41 PM
Mrs Squires was a TRULY great teacher. She was a woman who held to very high standards and demanded the same from her students. I was fortunate to be one of her students 1961-1965 at HBHS. Things I learned have been of use throughout my life.
By Muscoot (7), Hampton Bays on Aug 13, 10 6:55 AM
Would love to meet any of the 46 voting against the budget. The library is one of the town's best assets. Ask my granddaughter.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Aug 11, 10 3:06 PM
I think one of them might be CaptainSig. Libraries are a great resource and deserve all of our support, an extra $8.50 a year is not going to break anyone's bank - and I work two jobs, as do most of my friends. Libraries are so much more than just books these days, they offer lecture series and book discussions, language and computer courses, yoga and dance lessons, and so many programs for the little ones - way beyond just the normal Story Hour from when most of us were growing up.
By nsea93 (39), Southampton on Aug 12, 10 12:38 AM
for the record no, i didn't vote against the budget- i would have if i had known about the vote.

i am going to go to the library and check out a big book of knowledge and try to find the page where it explains why JUST BECAUSE A PERSON OPPOSES A TAX INCREASE/HIGHER BUDGET/PAY RAISE FOR A PARTICULAR ENTITY, THEN THAT PERSON IS AN ENEMY OF THAT ENTITY!!!!!!!!

i am not anti-library, i am anti paying higher taxes to fund pay raises in these times, when i'm told by my employer that ...more
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Aug 12, 10 9:29 PM
and by the way in case you havn't noticed, your tax bill includes line items for everything- school, fire, ambulance, water, library, etc.- a small increase in each of them ADDS UP!! so i don't want to hear "its only a little increase"

and by the way, North Sea, why don't you check out how high the school tax is in H Bays- its a lot higher than Southampton, before you comment on what should be added to MY property tax bill.
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Aug 12, 10 9:33 PM
its nice to see the taxpayers funding salary increases for the library staff, while most of us have to get by with no raises and less work. how about NO RAISES, NO TAX INCREASE, and keep the library budget as is.
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Aug 11, 10 11:09 PM
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I all for the library, but how about instead of 2/3 of the increase going to increasing salaries and benefits, all of the increase goes to books, computers, other media and supplies.

Though, it is unclear from the article if staffing levels remain the same and everyone is getting pay raises, or if they are actually hiring new staff to provide additional services.
By C Law (354), Water Mill on Aug 12, 10 8:39 AM
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Yeah, God knows that library workers are among the top 5% of American wage earners.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Aug 12, 10 3:58 PM
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nice rhetoric.

Who knows what god knows?

All I know is that if you add in the cost of those sweet government pension and healthcare bene's, these library folk are doing just fine.

By C Law (354), Water Mill on Aug 12, 10 4:08 PM
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So no one can do better than you, C Law? Is that the problem? Thank goodness the good folks of Hampton Bays realize what is important and vote accordingly.
By progressnow (556), sag harbor on Aug 12, 10 11:52 PM
Just because the reporter says the majority of the increase goes to salary doesn't mean anything. Read the budget breakdown before making disparaging comments. To another nasty poster - the employees aren't government workers. They don't come off the county's civil service list. They are from a pool of private library workers and they make peanuts. They don't receive the "sweet government pension and healthcare bene's" that you bemoan. The HB library is terrific and an essential resource to the ...more
By sirpoochala (78), Hampton Bays on Aug 12, 10 4:27 PM
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Free country sweetie, anyone who wants to weigh in on their feelings is welcome to. Maybe he owns rental properties in Hampton Bays, living there is not always required to be a taxpayer If this is the case would he then would meet your prerequisites for commenting on this article?
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on Aug 12, 10 7:38 PM
Read sirpoochala's post, the library workers are not government employees with benefits.
By progressnow (556), sag harbor on Aug 12, 10 11:54 PM
why dont you just worry about the sag harbor library and support your own tax increase- that would be progress now
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Aug 13, 10 9:20 PM
I did read it, and I read my tax bill as well and the library is on it Ms.
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on Aug 14, 10 1:59 PM
I have rental properties in HB so excuse me while I comment.

The last I knew, my money was as good as yours, even though I live in Water Mill.
By C Law (354), Water Mill on Aug 23, 10 7:31 PM
THe REAL dissappointment here is that ONLY 322 people BOTHERED TO SHOW UP and VOTE AT ALL !!
By Muscoot (7), Hampton Bays on Aug 13, 10 6:57 AM