Perry Public Library Perry, New York
Public Library Receives New Charter!
NEWS: On October 4, 2002, the Board of Regents granted the Perry Public Library an absolute charter designating the Perry Central School District as the library's new chartered service area.
A new approach was needed to provide funding for the Perry Public Library. Previously the Town of Perry provided most of the library's funding through tax on Town of Perry residents. The Village of Perry, Town of Castile and Perry School District provided small amounts of additional funding. Following new guidelines provided by the Board of Regents, the library's Board of Trustees proposed to switch its funding source to the library's true service area--the Perry School District--and hold a public vote. A vote held June 19, 2001, was approved nearly 3 to 1 (197 YES to 67 NO) for this switchover in funding and thus shifted the library's support to the appropriate funding base. The next year on June 4, 2002, residents voted to officially form the new library district with a budget of $141,000 and to elect seven trustees.
Perry Public Library is a separate public entity, governed by its own
elected Board of Trustees. The Perry School District acts only as the collector of
tax funds for the library.
Do other libraries have votes?
Yes. Dansville, Nunda, Clyde, Lyons and others fund their libraries
this way. The New York State Board of Regents recently adopted an initiative (New Century Libraries) which encourages
communities to expand library service areas and establish public votes on library funding
across the state.
How did it work?
A special election was held at the Perry Public Library on Tuesday, June 4, 2002, from Noon to 9:00 p.m. All eligible voters in the Perry Central School District were eligible to vote on the library propositions. The propositions were as follows:
Proposition 1: Shall the Perry Public Library be
established for the residents of the Perry Central School District in accordance with §216 and §255 of the Education Law?
Proposition 3: The
Trustees of Perry Public Library shall be: (vote for seven (7)):
What does the service area look like?
The new library district is the Perry Central School District,
which is the entire mapped outline shown here. Lines have been drawn in to
show the portions of the various municipalities which fall within the school district
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