Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library

The Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library on Moe Road in Clifton Park.

CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. — The Board of Trustees of the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library has proposed a budget for next year totaling $4,722,607.

If approved by voters, the budget would have an increase in expenditures of $146,663 from the current budget. 

The budget’s total tax levy, the amount requested of taxpayers living in the library district, is $4,606,724, an increase of $150,000 from the 2019 tax levy. 

The budget proposed for 2020 is New York State tax cap compliant and will be voted on by library tax district residents from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sept. 26. All voting, including the election of trustees, will take place at the library. 

Two seats on the Board of Trustees representing the Town of Clifton Park are up for election in the September vote along with the 2020 budget.

The successful candidates will take office in January. There are no open seats on the board in this election cycle representing the Town of Halfmoon. 

In order to qualify for the ballot, candidates are required to be registered voters residing in the Town of Clifton Park and within the boundaries of the library tax district. 

Residents of Clifton Park can vote for the trustees as part of the annual budget vote on Sept. 26. The two trustee positions come with five-year terms. There is no salary. Employees of the library, its contractors or vendors are ineligible for candidacy. 

Those interested in running for a seat on the Board of Trustees can obtain nominating petitions at the library’s “Ask Desk." The nominating petitions are also available online at www.cphlibrary.org.

Candidates must collect 25 signatures as indicated on the petition. All petition signatures must be registered voters and reside within the boundaries of the Town of Clifton Park and live in the library tax district. Completed nominating petitions and accompanying questionnaires must be returned to the library by 5 p.m. Aug. 27. 

The library board consists of 11 trustees; seven represent the Town of Clifton Park, and four represent the Town of Halfmoon. Trustees attend monthly board meetings, serve on assigned committees, and contribute their expertise to benefit the library and the served community. 

Registered voters, both renters and property owners, living in the library district are eligible to vote. Voters must be registered at least 30 days before the vote. Absentee ballot applications will be available beginning August 1.

Those who are unable to vote in person on Sept. 26, can fill out an application online at www.cphlibrary.org or at the library.

For more information about the 2020 budget or the announced trustee candidates, the public is welcome to attend a Budget Information Session at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 at the library, 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park. 

For questions on becoming a candidate for a trustee position, please contact Library Director Alex Gutelius at the library or by calling 518-371-8622.

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