PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. -- Putnam Daily Voice accepts signed and original letters to the editor up to 350 words. To submit your letter, email email@example.com .To the editor:
You may have been hearing misinformation about the library's 414 proposition on the ballot Nov. 8, so let's clear some things up:1. The language of the proposition is standard, legal and valid. It has been provided by the Mid-Hudson Library System, NYS Education Law, and library attorneys.
It is the same language used on every 414 proposition in our system. It has been vetted and found legal by Putnam County Board of Elections.
2. Anyone can see what's in the budget any third Monday of the month at our regular library board meetings. If you missed our most recent informational meeting, you can see the video from that meeting on the PVL Facebook page .
3. Chapter 414 Sustainable Funding is not "taxation without representation," because the proposition does not take the vote away from the elected Town board and put it in the hands of an unelected library board.
The library board is not deciding for the voter what she/he will pay to sustain the library. The 414 proposition does take the vote away from the elected Town board and give it directly to the electorate: you, the voter.
No one is deciding on your behalf, without your consent. You yourself get to cast your vote in your own voice. That's the American way.
4. The increase cost to homeowners averages $3-$5/year, and will sustain your library, its technology, meet compulsory minimum wage standards, increase programs for adults and children, and provide security for the patrons and staff.
5. Remember to cast your vote on Nov. 8 by flipping the ballot over and voting yes.
Priscilla A. Keresey
President, Putnam Valley Library Board of Trustees
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