PPL to Hold Budget Hearing and Vote, Trustee Election

On June 26 Potsdam Public Library will be holding its annual budget vote and trustee elections.

A public hearing for the presentation of PPL’s budget will be held in the library’s upstairs classroom on Wednesday, June 12 at 6PM, and election will be held in the library basement (2 Park Street) on Wednesday, June 26, from noon to 8:00 p.m.

A few things that the public should know about the upcoming budget:

The tax cap is 2.33%, which is less than the current inflation rate. The total increase would be $14,113. The current tax rate is $1.0704 per $1000 of assessed property value and the new rate would be $1.0953. For a $100,000 home, the increase would be $2 for the year.

“We did skip a year during Covid and that set us back, so at this point we’re just trying to keep steady,” PPL Director Annie Davey said. “We realize inflation is still having a huge impact on everyone. Our costs are increasing dramatically in many areas, and we have 19 computers that are too old for security updates. That alone is going to cost over $16,000. We will keep working to find grant funding to bridge the gap.” (Check out the library’s 24-25 Budget here.)

In addition to the budget vote, Trustee Abigail A. DeCastro is running for re-election, and there are a total of three empty seats which are write-in positions on the ballot. One of these seats has two years remaining in the term, and the other two are full three-year seats.

Lastly, let’s address some myths surrounding library usage and declining reading trends that we have noticed in the local media lately.

Does anybody even read books anymore? Yes we do! According to the latest Gallup survey, only 17% of respondents did not read a book in the last year. This rate has remained about the same since they first posed the question in 1990 (16% at that time).

How many books did you read last year? And what are your favorite genres? According to a recent Gallup survey, mystery and history are the top favorites. In 1990, the average American read 15.3 books per year.

Library patrons save money by using library services! Of course, we have books, and are happy to order whatever is on your wish list. We also have movie streaming and DVDs. We have eBooks and audiobooks. You can borrow musical instruments. We have the fastest wifi in town. We have Ancestry, and lots of other e-resources. And so much free entertainment in the form of programs and events. Share with your friends! Signing up for a card is easy. Just stop in at the circulation desk.

Our renovated space has opened up all kinds of new possibilities for programs that you love! Concerts, theater, art shows, yoga, and so much more! Where else can you attend so many different kinds of fun events without any expectation of spending money?

Your vote is important! We are so proud and grateful to live in a community that values its library. Thanks to everyone who has voted in the past. Please come and cast your vote on June 26th! 

Meet your incumbent PPL Library Abigail (Abby) DeCastro, who is seeking re-election:

Abby is a native of the Finger Lakes Region and has been living in Potsdam since 2016 with her husband, Miles, and their three cats. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, has held the position of Assistant Director of Financial Aid at Clarkson University, and currently works as a Financial Aid Advisor at SUNY Potsdam. Abby plays the clarinet and is an active member of Northern Symphonic Winds, Potsdam Community Band, and also performs with several high school musical pit orchestras throughout the region. As a life-long lover of books and an avid reader, Abby is eager to continue her involvement within the community while advocating for the beautifully renovated Potsdam Public Library, which is an essential public resource she remains passionate about. A former resident of several different states and still a relative newcomer to Potsdam, Abby is excited to continue to represent the library and promote the access of its invaluable services across a broader cross-section of our area.