Budget Issues: Should The Library Budget Get More Scrutiny?
Library's requested appropriation is 21% higher
Everybody loves the Norwich Library! However, as the Selectboard tightens its belt regarding the Town budget, should residents ask the Library to do the same? The question may strike some as heresy, but Selectboard member Mary Layton is right to raise the matter, in light of the 21% increase in the requested appropriation.
What say you? Please comment below.
[T]he Norwich Public Library appropriation is proportionally equivalent to 7.4% of the municipal budget. The appropriation request is for $283,000 for operating expenses plus $50,000 for capital expenses. The total is $333,000. If the rule of thumb is that each increment of $45,000 is equal to a 1% increase in taxes, then this request represents 7.4%.
I am not suggesting a course of action by the Select Board. If the library were a municipal library with oversight by the Select Board, instead of an incorporated library, I would definitely ask for level funding or a reduction. This is not a reflection of the quality or services offered, but a perception of how the funding of town services are balanced against each other, and trying to be sensitive to those who find Norwich taxes very high and difficult to pay.