Shoreham-Wading River and Rocky Point residents know what they’re looking for.
With 341 votes in favor and 62 against, The North Shore Public Library’s approximate $3.5 million budget proposal was passed. The 2017-18 budget, in compliance with a state-mandated cap on property tax levy increases, resulted in a zero percent increase from last year. In total, the budget is around $259 less than last year’s.
Community members in the district also re-elected longtime library trustees Terry Cipriani, who is returning as vice president, and Virginia Ryan.
“I am so excited that the people of the community love their library so much,” North Shore Public Library Director Laura Hawrey said. “Everybody participates and attends our programs and has different interests and reasons for being here. We want to continue to be an active community center for all ages and meet everybody’s needs — we do our best to provide everything without any big tax increases.”
Hawrey said while a majority of the budget is devoted to salary and employee benefits, the money will also help continue and expand the library’s ongoing services and programs, like its weekend concert series and active children’s department.
It will also help maintain the library’s wide variety of bestselling movies, music and books, and allow for continued free access to online media and resources.
Cipriani, who received 284 votes, has been on the board of trustees for two five-year terms, and will be entering her third.
Ryan, who received 297 votes, has previously served on the Friends of the Library and has also been a treasurer on the board.
Cipriani said she and Ryan love the library and have been avid participants since before they were members of the board. She said she wants to see all the great services continue.
“That’s what it’s all about to me,” Cipriani said, “keeping the library going for the public.”
This version corrects the spelling of Terry Cipriani’s last name.