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Riverhead Free Library Budget Proposal

Riverhead Free Library Budget Proposal

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Riverhead Free Library proposed budget for 2013-2014
Riverhead Free Library proposed budget for 2013-2014

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Published by: East End Local Media Corp. on Feb 19, 2013
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Riverhead Free LibraryBUDGET VOTE
Tuesday, April 2, 201310:00 a.m.
8:00 p.m.
Library Grand Meeting Room
Budget HearingTuesday, March 12, 20137:00
7:30 p.m.Library Craft Room
Library Statistics 2012
Circulation (Non-digital) 259,390Circulation (Digital) 13,815Reference Questions 59,410Program Attendees 14,326Library Card Holders 25,526Annual Visitors 320,945When you consider that the average cost of:A book = $28A magazine = $4A CD = $18An ebook = $9and that the 2012-2013 cost for library service onan average Riverhead home assessed at $43,000 isonly $148.14 per year or $12.35 per month
ou realize that the Riverhead FreeLibrary is a bargain!
Where else could you find:
Trained reference librarians who can answer anyquestion and are accessible in person or via phone,email, chat or text message24/7 access to free downloadable ebooks,audiobooks, music
and video from the Library’s
website at www.riverheadlibrary.org  Access to millions of items located at cooperatinglibraries, with reserves and reviews available 24/7Hundreds of programs for all agesDatabases which include millions of magazine andnewspaper articles, also available 24/7 from theLibrar
y’s website
 Daily access to online homework help from qualifiedtutors
through the Library’s website
 Civil service and other test booksSummer reading programs for children, teens andadultsEducational programs for adults including computerinstruction, health information and career guidanceStorytimes and other programs for children of allagesPolish, Spanish & Russian language collections
…but at the Riverhead Free Library? 
Analysis of the Proposed 2013-2014 Budget
Expenditures 2012-2013Approved2013-2014Proposed
Library Materials 379,700 370,700Personnel 2,518,885 2,635,232Building & Grounds 216,000 213,500Office Equip. & Supplies 74,000 70,000Other Operating Expenses 155,062 162,350Debt Service (bond repayment) 435,500 435,750
Total $3,779,147 $3,887,532Anticipated Revenue 2012-2013Approved2013-2014Proposed
Fines & Fees 42,000 39,000Interest
Operating 500 n/aContract Districts 150,000 105,000State Aid 7,000 8,500Program & Bus Trip Fees 13,500 9,500
Fund Transfer forPrograms8,700 n/aTax Support/Operating 3,121,947 3,289,782
Debt Service (bondrepayment)435,500 435,750Total $3,779,147 $3,725,532
Increase in tax levy: $168,085 or 4.72%. If approved, an average Riverhead Town homeowner would pay anadditional $6.98 per year or 58 cents per month (based on current assessments and equalization rates).
Description of Proposed Budget
In response to 2012 usage statistics (higher than 2011), the Board of Trustees determined that it was important tomaintain high-demand services while keeping the budget as low as possible. The 2013-2014 proposed budget representsno changes or minor adjustments in many budget lines, as every possible cost-cutting measure is utilized withoutcutting materials or services. The majority of the increase comes from an anticipated increase from the New York
State Retirement System, a cost over which the Library has no control. At the same time, the Library’s number of ―contract‖ us
ers from nearby unserved districts has decreased, representing a loss in revenue. Outside of these twobudget lines (one revenue and one expense) the tax levy increase is less than 1.3%. 
Riverhead Free Library ● 330 Court Street ● Riverhead, NY 11901
(631) 727-3228
(detailed budget on reverse)

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