PUTNAM VALLEY, N.Y. -- The 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:
I would like to thank all of The Concerned Taxpayers of Putnam Valley for getting the word out and educating the community in regards to the library issue called Proposition 1.
A special thanks goes out to the individuals who put signs out, participated in the literature drop (3,000 plus), posted fliers and explained to the community of what a 414 association library would mean to the taxpayers of our great town of Putnam Valley without an elected Library Board.
The voters/taxpayers understood and voted “no” and hopefully sent a message to the Library Board to be honest and forthcoming.
Our taxes should be spent with oversight and accountability in place by an elected board.
The misleading question on the ballot and the fear tactics used to promote voting “yes” by making an assertion that the library will close played on the emotions of the voters/taxpayers by saying “Save Our Library.”
We are all in agreement that a library is essential to our town and will remain intact. The library will remain funded by our elected Town Board. There is $292,222 proposed funding in the 2017 budget and that was without the library putting in the required request.
I'm sure our Town Board will ask the library for a detailed budget to justify the amount on top of the $62,734 they receive from other sources (state, county and trust fund).
I would hope that our Town Board will question items like $10,000 a year for snow removal. Doesn't our Highway Department clear their parking lot? If not, shouldn't a deal be cut?
The taxpayers of Putnam Valley need oversight and count on our elected Town Board to do exactly that.
We all work very hard to support our families and the services we receive in our town, let’s be sure our tax dollars are being spent responsibly.
Let’s be sure we have oversight.