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Thursday, April 9, 2015

The $1.64 million budget for the Lockport Public Library is up for a public vote today at the library.

The library board is seeking a $25,626 increase in local property taxes to fund operations for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Of the $1,643,707 the library anticipates using in the new year, $1,423,373 is derived from local property taxes of those living within the library's district, which shares the same boundaries as the Lockport City School District.

The entirety of the increase — and then some — is going to contractually obligated salary increases, according to Library Director Beverly Federspiel. In all, service staff salaries are set to increase $33,629. The raise will be somewhat offset, however, by a $10,929 savings in personnel benefits.

Many of the library's budget line items are set to decrease, including program supplies, building maintenance and repairs, office supplies, freight and postage, printing and publicity. Items budget to increase include materials expenses, computer expenses, utilities, insurance, security and professional fees.

Registered library district voters can vote at the library until 8 p.m. Voting began at 9 a.m.

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