Come to the library and vote on June 19, 12 - 8 PM, and bring your friends! One of the most important ways you can support your community is by casting your vote. Please help spread the word!
POTSDAM — Potsdam Public Library officials will be asking library district voters to approve a 2.99% increase in the tax levy, amounting to $16,664. The increase would add three cents per thousand dollars of taxable property value.
There will be a referendum from noon to 8 p.m. June 19 in the Potsdam Village Civic Center located at 2 Park Street, below the library, to ask voters to approve the increase, as well as to re-elect three trustees for the library board.
"We have put a lot of energy into fundraising and writing grants over the past two years," said Director Annie Chase. "We received grants to improve our signage, to create a North Country Collection and restore some of our rare old books. And the largest grant is for a major renovation. The proposed levy only covers our baseline cost increases: utilities, payroll taxes, retirement, insurance, and the increased minimum wage, to cite just a few examples."
A public hearing on the proposed budget will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday June 12 in the Cleveland Learning Lab, in the lower level of the library. To be eligible to vote, residents must have lived in the school district for 30 days, be at least 18 years old and be an American citizen.
Three Trustees Up for Re-election
Mr. Richard VanLeuven and his wife moved to Potsdam 46 years ago, and he worked as a pharmacist for Kinney Drugs and as director of pharmacy at Canton-Potsdam Hospital. He has coached soccer, basketball and baseball for his sons’ sport teams and served as treasurer for Trinity Church, the Potsdam Booster Club and the Council of Religious Concern (CORC). He currently serves on the Canton-Potsdam Hospital Board of Directors and CPH Foundation Board. He is currently a trustee of the Potsdam Public Library and serves as the chair of the board’s Finance Committee.
Mr. David Trithart has been a Potsdam resident since 1973, when he joined the library staff at SUNY Potsdam. His areas of work included reference and various information technologies. He retired in 2012, and says he believes that public libraries serve a diverse audience with an exciting array of products and services.
Dr. Sandra McCloy came to the north country 32 years ago with her husband, Dr. John Dewar, to practice family medicine with obstetrics at Canton-Potsdam Hospital. She said after retiring, she has more time to benefit from the library. She has joined its book club and has taken its courses, and believes that the public library is — like public education and the postal service — one of the bedrock institutions in American democracy.
Special Budget Hearing
All are invited to attend the meeting of the Potsdam Public Library Board of Trustees on June 12 at 5:30, and our special budget hearing which will begin at 6:00.