Eligible voters in the Victor Central School District will be heading to the polls on Thursday to decide on a proposed tax increase for the Victor Farmington Library.
The current budget is $478,389. The proposed increase for the new budget is $78,211, which would take the budget to $556,600.
Voters are asked to give the OK for an increase in the tax rate from 19 cents per $1,000 of assessed value to 20.5 cents per $1,000 of assesed value.
The proposed increase, which works out to about a $4.70 increase in the tax bill, or 39 cents a month, for a home assessed at $300,000 a year, is driven by an increase in the minimum wage, according to Library Director Tim Niver.
“We’re trying to pay our wonderful staff appropriately,” Niver said.
The rising costs of books and other materials also is driving the increase, as is the desire to put money into a reserve fund for a possible library renovation or expansion down the road.