Library Funding Reduced By Orangetown Board

Dated: November 20 2013

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  A big mistake was made by the Orangetown  town board last night.  It voted to reduce the budgets submitted by the town's libraries by ten percent across the board.  This comes after several years in a row of cutting library budget requests, and it will reduce the ability of our libraries to provide the quality services that our community has come to expect.  The vote was a rather simplistic way of reducing expenditures by expecting the libraries to make up the budget shortfall by dipping into their reserves.  While some libraries do have a fair amount of reserves that are not spoken for in their budgets (which most organizations try to do to provide for unforseen expenses), the Tappan library's reserves are totally committed to the current construction project.   Our libraries are part of the reason why people select places like Tappan and Palisades to live in.  Considering the decline in school population, reducing library budgets is not going to help Orangetown grow.
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Thano Schoppel

I have been a resident of Tappan for forty years, and still live in the 1860 Italianate Victorian house my wife Jean and I bought all those years ago. I have always been active in the community, inclu....

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