2016 Library Tax Levy and Trustee Vote

Each year, the Library holds an election for approval of the next fiscal year’s operating levy and to fill any vacancies on Library's 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.  Such income is not subject to the vote.)

A public hearing was held on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 from 7:00pm-9:00pm at the Library for taxpayers to ask questions about the proposed budget and tax levy.  The vote itself was held on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at the Library from 9:00am-9:00pm.  The items on the ballot were the tax levy for the proposed FY 2016/2017 Library Operating Budget and one Library Trustee.

VOTE RESULTS:  final results of the vote on the 2016-2017 tax levy were:  464 yes, 61 no.  Dr. Wayne Rossi was reelected with 486 votes.  There were also 5 write-in votes for Trustee.  The Warwick Valley Central School District certified the results. 

1.    Current 2015/2016 and Estimated FY 2016/2017 Tax Rates/Thousand for Library’s Operating Levy
2.    How to Calculate Your Tax for the 2016/2017 Library Operating Levy
3.    Voter Registration Information
4.    Absentee Ballot Information
5.    Trustee Election Information
6.    Legal Notice of Library Vote
7.    Proposed FY 2016/2017 Library Operating Budget

1.    2015/2016 and Estimated FY 2016/2017 Tax Rates*/Thousand for Library Operating Levy

Rates for FY 2015/2016 (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016)

Warwick -- $3.48/$1,000 assessed value
Chester -- $0.79/$1,000 assessed value

Estimated* rates for FY 2016/2017 (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017)

Warwick -- $3.74/$1,000 of assessed value
Chester -- $0.85/$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 FY2016/2017 Library Operating Levy

Based on the estimated FY 2016/2017 tax rates, a family with a home in Warwick assessed at $50,000 would pay a Library operating tax of $187.00. That’s an increase of $13.00 a year.  A family with a home in Chester assessed at $200,000 would pay a Library operating tax of $170.00 a year.  That’s an increase of $12.00 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, and 45 multiplied by $3.74 is $168.30.  Your 2016/2017 tax for the operating expenses of the Library would be $168.30.

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 $0.85 is $153.00.  Your 2016/2017 tax for the operating expenses of the Library would be $153.00.

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

There was one Trustee position on the April 5, 2016 ballot.  Incumbent Trustee Dr. Wayne Rossi reelected with 486 votesThere were alson 5 write-in votes.

Library Trustees are elected to serve a five (5) year term of office.  Persons wishing to stand for election as Trustee must return to the Library a petition with at least 25 signatures of residents of the Warwick Valley Central School District.  This year's petition deadline was Friday, March 4, 2016 at 5:00pm.

Trustee Petition Memo
Trustee Petition
Trustee Statement of Campaign Expense

6.  Legal Notice of Library Vote

7.  Proposed FY 2016/2017 Library Operating Budget with FY 2015/2016 Comparison