2014 Library Tax Levy and Trustee Vote

2014 Library Tax Levy Vote Official Results:  tax levy approved (389 "yes" votes, 81 "no" votes). Trustees Donna Applegate and Jerry Benedetto both were reelected to 5-year terms on the Board.

Each year, the Library holds an election for approval of the next fiscal year’s operating levy and to fill any vacancies on Library Board of Trustees.  All registered voters of the Warwick Valley Central School District are eligible to vote.  The vote is for approval of the amount requested to fund the Library through taxes.  The Library’s budget also includes income from other sources -- including grants, gifts, interest and Library fees -- which is not subject to the vote.  A public hearing was held on March 18, 2014 at the Library for taxpayers to ask questions about the proposed budget and tax levy.  The vote itself was held on April 1, 2014 at the Library.

1.    Current 2013/2014 and Estimated FY 2014/2015 Tax Rates/Thousand for Library’s Operating Levy
2.    How to Calculate Your Tax for the 2014/20145 Library Operating Levy
3.    Voter Registration Information
4.    Absentee Ballot Information
5.    Trustee Election Information
6.    Legal Notice of Library Vote
7.    FY 2014/2015 Library Operating Budget

1.    Current 2013/2014 and Estimated FY 2014/2015 Tax Rates*/Thousand for Library Operating Levy

Current rates for FY 2013/2014 (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014)

Warwick -- $2.98/$1,000 assessed value
Chester -- $0.69/$1,000 assessed value

Estimated* rates for FY 2014/2015 (July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015)

Warwick -- $3.21/$1,000 of assessed value
Chester -- $0.74/$1,000 of assessed value

* Tax rates for the proposed Library operating levy are estimated based on current assessment values and equalization rates.  There are different rates for Warwick and Chester homes in the Warwick Valley Central School District because homes are assessed differently in these two towns.  Warwick homes are typically assessed at less than 25% of their actual market value, while Chester homes are assessed closer to the actual market value.  However, in both areas, library tax rates are based on assessed value, not market value.

2.    How to Calculate Your Tax for the FY2014/2015 Library Operating Levy

Based on the estimated FY 2014/2015 tax rates, a family with a home in Warwick assessed at $50,000 would pay a Library operating tax of $160.50.  That’s an increase of $11.50 a year.  A family with a home in Chester assessed at $200,000 would pay a library operating tax of $148.00 a year.  That’s an increase of $10.00 a year.

Examples:
If the assessed value of your property in Warwick is $45,000, you would divide that number by 1,000.  The result is 45. 45 multiplied by $3.21 is $144.45.  Your 2014/2015 tax for the operating expenses of the Library would be $144.45.

If the assessed value of your property in Chester is $180,000, you would divide that number by 1,000.  The result is 180. 180 multiplied by $0.74 is $124.20.  Your 2013/2014 tax for the operating expenses of the Library would be $133.20.

3.    Voter Registration

Residents of the Warwick Valley Central School District who are registered to vote may participate in  Library elections.  Voter registration for Library votes is held at the Warwick Valley Central School District Office on West Street Extension in Warwick from 9am-4pm, Monday through Friday, excluding School District holidays.

4.    Absentee Ballot Information

Absentee ballot applications may be submitted to the Library.  Applications must be received by the Albert Wisner Public Library at least seven days before the vote if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or one day before the vote if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter.

Click here for a copy of the absentee ballot application.

A list of all people who have requested absentee ballots is available for inspection at the Library five days prior to the vote, and is posted at the Library during the hours of the vote.

5.   Trustee Election Information

Library Trustees are elected to serve a five (5) year term of office.  Persons wishing to stand for election as Trustee must return a petition with at least 25 signatures of residents of the Warwick Valley Central School District to the Library.  This year's petition deadline was Friday, February 28, 2014 at 5:00pm at the Library. 

There were two Trustee positions open on the 2014 ballot.  Incumbents Donna Applegate and Jerry Benedetto ran for re-election.  Both were reelected.

6.  Legal Notice of Library Vote

7.  Proposed FY 2014/2015 Library Operating Budget with FY 2013/2014 Comparison