Lockport Public Library
The Lockport Public Library’s proposed 2016/2017 budget vote results are; of 247 votes cast, 205 (83%) were “yes”, 42 (17%) were “no.” The 2016/17 increase is $12,681 as approved by voters who reside in the Lockport City School District. The total library budget from all sources will be $1,717,690. Local tax support of the budget totals $1,436,054. These funds will be applied to increased operating costs, maintaining library collections and services, computer access, library programs and services via our web site. The new budget will take effect July 1, 2016.
The library is open Monday - Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
“A library is a gift a community gives to itself."
The Lockport Public Library thanks the community for their support.
Library Budget Vote
2016/2017 proposed budget
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
9:00 a.m.—8:00 p.m.
Community Meeting Room
You must be a registered voter in the Lockport City School District to vote.
Public Information Meeting
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Community Meeting Room
2016/2017 Budget Information for Voters
Tax levy increase from 2015/2016: $12,681
Total request from tax levy: $1,436,054
Total budget from all sources: $1,717,690
Total budget increase from all sources: $73,983
(See budget detail.)
The proposed increase is $12,681 (less than 1%) from property tax support over 2015/2016 appropriation.
The proposed increase, if approved by voters, will be applied to increased operating costs, maintaining library collections and services, computer access, library programs, access to collections, and services via our web site.
How is the money used?
To sustain library operations and provide services.
186,147 people visited the library.
29,697 people have library cards.
380,182 items were borrowed (does not include digital).
17,226 reference questions were answered.
14,152 adults, children, teens, and families attended 750 library programs.
Library services include:
- A broad collection of materials including a variety of formats: books, large print books, CDs, DVDs & Blu-rays, audio books, magazines, and downloadable e-books, magazines, music, and audio books, as well as personalized service to help you find information.
- Access to the Internet and online databases, including a wireless connection for people with electronic devices.
- 24/7 reference services, allowing patrons to submit questions electronically 24 hours per day.
- A community meeting room that serves over 80 organizations at no cost.
- An offering of programs at no cost for children, teens, and adults.
- A community gathering place to read, think, create, and communicate.
About the vote:
The Small Cities School District law allows you to vote on any increase in the annual appropriation from tax levy for the Lockport Public Library. The vote is held every year. This is not a new tax. The library has always received most of its funding from taxes.
The library budget proposition:
The Lockport Public Library is a school district library, which means that it is chartered to serve the same geographic location as the school district. It receives most of its funding from taxes raised by the tax levy. The Library Board of Trustees has proposed an increase of $12,681 in the tax levy to support the library's operating budget for fiscal year 2016/2017. This is the amount allowable under the Tax Cap. You are voting "yes" or "no" on the proposed increase.
The Lockport Public Library is audited annually. The audit is available under FOIL.