Voters in the Seymour Public Library District voted 121-7 Tuesday to approve a 2015 budget. The budget, which will take effect in January, calls for a tax levy of $754,000 and is expected to result in a tax decrease.
The levy of $754,000 is an increase of 1.6 percent over the current levy of $742,000. The current library tax for a house with a market value of $100,000 is about $46.60 a year, but under the 2015 budget, the tax would be about $46.55, a decrease of 5 cents a year.
The proposed budget will enable Seymour Library to maintain current services and cover modest increases in operating costs since voters last approved a budget in 2012. The library did not seek any increase in property taxes last year.
Most of the remaining part of the library’s $896,311 budget proposal comes from non-public funds, including an estimated $101,091 from the Seymour Library Foundation. Voters in Auburn and in Fleming also elected trustees to the library district board. Voters in Auburn elected Ginny Kent, and voters in Fleming elected Ellen Dello Stritto and Joan Smrtic. All three of the trustees currently serve on the library board.