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Aug 25, 2010 11:03 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Rogers Memorial Library budget passes

Aug 25, 2010 11:03 AM

Voters approved the 2011 Rogers Memorial Library budget by a comfortable margin on Friday, and two new trustees were elected to the library’s board.

Residents voted 153-49 in favor of the $4 million budget, which represents a 1.5-percent increase over last year’s $3.69 million spending plan, according to Library Director Liz Burns. Despite the increase in spending, the tax rate will drop 3.3 percent due to higher estimated assessed valuation in Tuckahoe and Southampton this year.

Also on Friday, incumbent board member Judith Ann Costa, 81, was reelected, while newcomers Peter Cheney, 67, a former trustee and treasurer, and Lawrence Strickland, 63, a retired Southampton High School Spanish teacher, won seats on the board. The newly elected trustees’ terms will start in January 2011 and continue until December 31, 2014.

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Southampton Library is worth whatever it costs---best library I have ever used anywhere in the U.S.
By ken (1), southampton on Aug 23, 10 1:15 PM
202 votes is a pathetic turnout.
There should be one day to vote for all Town budgets affecting property taxes (school, fire dept, library) with ample public notice of the date which excludes the legal notices in the SHP.
By auntof9 (159), Southampton on Aug 23, 10 6:51 PM
2 members liked this comment
That's a great idea. Public notice is the big problem with many of them. On the other hand, a lot of people might simply vote against everything because so much of the tax budget would be up for vote at once.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Aug 23, 10 11:59 PM