PATTERSON, N.Y. -- Voters have approved a tax increase to help fund the Patterson Library.
With 100 percent of the election districts reporting, unofficial results from the Putnam County Board of Elections show the ballot proposition easily passing by a margin of 2,467 votes (61.91 percent) in favor to 1,518 (38.09 percent) against.
"The success of this year’s budget proposition will enable the library to continue to offer a full range of quality no fee programming, services and information," the library stated in a Facebook post. "As always, we will do our best to assure that our community has a library that strives to meet the needs of our citizens."
On an average basis, according to a sheet published by the library, about $191 in property taxes goes to the library annually. The tax increase translates to roughly $28 per year for an average household valued at $300,000.
The library asked voters to approve the increase in order to cover rising operating costs, such as a state-mandated minimum wage hike, adding later hours for families and commuters, and building maintenance.
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