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Batavia Library to place referendum on fall ballot

Trustees: Tax rate to remain unchanged

A referendum to support the Batavia Public Library will be placed on the Nov. 6 ballot.
A referendum to support the Batavia Public Library will be placed on the Nov. 6 ballot.

BATAVIA – The trustees of the Batavia Public Library Board voted unanimously July 17 to place a referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot, according to a news release.

The proposal requests a 7-cent increase in the Library’s general operating tax rate. However, the overall rate for residents would remain the same, because the Library’s tax rate for paying off building construction bonds – slightly more than 7 cents – will be eliminated, according to the release, which notes the debt will be retired in December 2018.

If voters approve the referendum, the board intends to use the revenue to maintain and repair the building and to maintain and improve services, the release stated.

“The Library building is nearly 20 years old,” Library Board President Andrew Deitchman stated in the release. “The community is aware that, over time, equipment and building systems need additional maintenance, repairs and updates.”

Library Director George Scheetz stated in the release that in addition to the Library’s financial need for building maintenance, the revenue from the referendum would be used to meet community expectations for services, collections and programs.

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