The Ossining Public Library has submitted a letter to the editor in anticipation of the library budget vote on April 26. The proposed $4.2 million budget represents a more than 19 percent increase from last year’s $3.5 million budget. That budget was actually $3.8 million but $300,000 in reserves and anticipated revenues were used to offset costs. Read the letter below:
To the Ossining Community,
Our Ossining Public Library is constantly busy on a daily basis providing quality programs such as concerts, lectures and films, current books and DVDs, as well as other materials such as audio books, and extensive reference resources. Ossining patrons regularly attend seminars and children’s programs, enjoy leisurely reading, and make use of the available wireless system. This contrasts with other area libraries that have cut hours, services, and materials. Your library staff is dedicated to providing the community with quality materials, services and programs.
There has been recent discussion about salary increases. Library staff will receive an increase of 3.85% as part of the current contract that was negotiated five years ago. Until the adoption of this contract, the Ossining library staff received wages that were not consistent with other library wages around Westchester County. The agreed upon contract also includes a step increase for some employees in an effort to remedy the previous pay inequality. This year there is also a mandated NYS Employee Retirement System average contribution rate increase from 11.9 percent of salaries to 16.3 percent.
We hope the Ossining community will remember the services the library provides and the commitment of the staff. Please come out to vote on Tuesday, April 26 at the library between the hours of 7AM and 9 PM.
Your Ossining Public Library Staff