Hudson Area Library funding proposition comes with tax increase

On Tuesday, one of the propositions Hudson and Greenport voters will decide, is an increase in funding to the Hudson Area Library. The additional funding will come from a tax increase.

From the library's website:

Since moving into the Library's new building, usage has increased dramatically.

Visits have increased by 87%

Computer use has gone up by 31% while wireless sessions have skyrocketed 398%

45,371 items were circulated which is a 24% increase from 2015

10148 individuals attended 857 programs for all ages in the Community Room in collaboration with 37 local organizations and countless individual artists and educators

Approximately 20% of the Library's cardholders are now from the Town of Greenport.

This increase in use--by folks from Hudson and Greenport--means the Library needs increased operating support.

IN 2016, THE VALUE OF THE LIBRARY'S PROGRAMS AND SERVICES WAS $1,230.754.60. THE PRESENT COMMUNITY-BASED FUNDING THE LIBRARY RECEIVES--$127,000 COMBINED FROM HUDSON AND GREENPORT--RESULTS IN A PUBLIC SERVICE RETURN ON INVESTMENT OF $9.69.

More info here: 

https://hudson.fundourlibraries.org/

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