What are the differences between a municipal library and a school district public library?
Why do libraries consider forming public library districts?
Will this result in an additional or new tax?
No. This will not result in a new tax or an additional tax for Massena residents. Residents in the outlying communities, that have benefitted from library services, will now be taxed. Library funding will be equitable as all communities will help support it.
The Massena Town Board has pledged to remove the tax funding that currently supports the library from the town taxes.
Massena residents should see a reduction in their town taxes and a reduction in the taxes they pay to support the library as outlying communities within the school district will be taxed to pay their fair share of the library budget.
I like how the library operates now, will the Library District change my library?
Our library currently provides excellent collections and services, and library patrons won’t see any appreciable difference in services and programming as a result of the formation of the district. Instead, with a stable revenue stream, services and programming will be preserved.
When will this happen?
The Library will remain a municipal library funded by the Town of Massena through 2020.
Eligible citizens will have the option to vote on transitioning to a School District Public Library at the annual school district ballot June 16th 2020
If the referendum passes, the Massena Public Library will be a School District Public Library in the fall of 2020.
What does this mean for my taxes?