NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - The New Rochelle Public Library's Board of Trustees released the library’s proposed $4.7 million budget for 2013-14.
The proposed budget calls for an increase of 3.986 percent in the tax levy for New Rochelle residents. This translates to an increase of $172.760 in the tax levy, or an annual increase of $10.79 per average homeowner, according to the library.
The board said it lowered total operating costs for the third year in a row. The number of full-time staff positions has been cut from 42 in 2005 to 31 in 2013. The New Rochelle Public Library has the lowest number of paid full-time staff - 0.83 per each 2,000 of population served - compared with all other Westchester libraries, according to library officials.
The local public support per capita of the New Rochelle Public Library is the eighth lowest in Westchester County, although the library ranks second highest patron in visits, program attendance and reference questions answered, library officials said.
New Rochelle residents will vote on the budget May 21.
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