The Board of Trustees of the Cheney Library is soliciting support to increase the public funding for the Library. The current tax levy amount of $45,000 was established in 2001 and has not been increased for 17 years. Expenses continue to increase while revenue has declined which has resulted in yearly operating deficits. The Library cannot continue to provide or increase the services the community has come to expect without a stable revenue source. The Trustees are requesting an increase of $50,000 in public support which would be a total tax levy of $95,000 which would meet the Library’s current operating expense.
This may seem like a large increase but it results in only $.86 per each $1,000 in assessed value. Currently the Cheney Library rates 26th of 29 libraries in the Upper Hudson Library System for local support at $7.21 per town resident which is significantly lower than the average $25 per resident of the other libraries. This increase will result in local support of $13.72 per town resident. The increase will allow the Library to support the changing technological needs of its patrons.
The first step in increasing the tax levy has been completed. We have secured the required number of signatures on a voter’s petition. The proposition will be included on the November ballot.
The Trustees and Friends of Library thank the community for your support and patronage. Look for press releases in our local papers.
If you would like additional information or have not been to the Library lately, please visit during operating hours. Our website is www.cheneylibrary.org