At their January 17 meeting, the Board of Library Trustees voted to request $958,073 to fund the operation of the Seekonk Public Library in fiscal year 2019. The budget package was submitted to the Town Administration for his consideration as he assembles a recommended annual budget for the entire Town.
The total amount requested by the Library Trustees represents a modest increase of $22,122 or roughly 2.36% over the library’s current operating budget. The amount requested will allow the library to maintain its current level of services and achieve the objectives laid out in its annual action plan. The amount requested will also allow the library to meet the municipal appropriation requirement [MAR] of $953,107 which is needed to retain state certification. State certification allows the library to enjoy all of the benefits of membership in the Massachusetts Library Network, including eligibility to receive state aid and construction grants.
The recommended budget prepared by the Town Administrator will be reviewed by both the Finance Committee and Board of Selectmen. The budget discussions take place in open public meetings where residents may ask questions or make comments. The final draft of the budget that comes out of this process will be presented to the voters at the Financial Town Meeting. These meeting dates will be posted on the Town Calendar.