NORWICH – On May 17, city voters will have a chance to weigh-in on Guernsey Memorial Library’s proposed 2011-2012 budget, included on the ballot with the Norwich City School District budget. At $1,055,422, the tentative budget calls for a .95 percent tax levy increase to address a 2.9 percent increase in spending as compared to 2010-2011.
Due to the current economic climate in Chenango County and New York, President Kathy Darrah said the library’s board of trustees worked hard to keep expenses at a minimum while minimizing any impact on services.
Darrah said the downtown library continues to see increases in both contractual pay and state retirement costs – a $15,645 increase in the proposed budget – as well as rising supply costs. The 2011-2012 budget would see a total increase of $29,696 compared to last year, she added.