Voters to head to polls for Bloomfield Library

Eligible voters in the Bloomfield Central School District on Tuesday will be asked to decide on a change in the funding and governance model of the public library.

Supporters of the proposition say the change is needed in order for the Bloomfield Public Library, which earlier this year marked its 50th anniversary, to continue to provide the same level of services it now offers and be better prepared for the future.

If voters approve the change, library board trustees from anywhere in the district will be elected — seven trustee positions are proposed — and the library budget will be made up primarily of a tax paid for by all school district residents.

The proposition before voters Tuesday calls for raising $165,000 in community-based funding, which is separate from the school district budget.

Now, the $164,950 library budget is funded through contributions by the towns of East and West Bloomfield, the village of Bloomfield, a school district library tax (which would be eliminated if the proposition passes), and donations, library charges, interest and gifts.

The town of East Bloomfield contributes $120,000 while West Bloomfield contributes $12,725 and the village chips in $2,000. The school district provides $10,000.

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