Each September, residents of the Library District vote on the Library’s budget and elect Board of Trustee members. Voters need to be registered in New York State (NYS) and live within the Library District 30 days prior to the vote.
The Library District consists of all of the Town of Clifton Park and the areas in the Town of Halfmoon that are not served by the Mechanicville or Waterford-Halfmoon School Districts. The Library District does not follow the Shenendehowa School District boundaries.
2021 Budget Vote & Trustee Election
A Message from the Board Trustees
It is without a doubt that 2020 was a challenging year. When the Library was forced to close its doors in March, no one could have foreseen the challenges that we were facing. While the Library remained closed for nearly four months, the library staff worked diligently to continue to provide programs and services to our patrons. They were quickly introduced—as we all were—to the world of virtual programs, meetings, and presentations. They saw a high interest and participation from the community and gratitude from those who welcomed a new sense of normal.
With the economic hardship of our community in mind, the board made a unanimous decision not to increase the tax impact on homeowners in 2021. Due to this lack of increase, we are not required to hold a budget vote this year. However, we thought it was still important to move forward with the vote as we traditionally would and give the community an opportunity to weigh in. Residents of Clifton Park will also be voting on two open trustee positions this year.
While many of the Library’s projects have been put on hold at this time, we are hopeful 2021 will see an improvement and a return to normalcy.
-Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library Board of Trustees.
This year’s Budget Vote and Trustee Election is scheduled for Thursday, September 17 at the Library. The total tax levy is $4,606,724 and is New York State tax cap compliant. There is no tax levy increase this year. The total 2021 proposed budget expenditure is $4,756,999.
There are two open Clifton Park trustee positions created by the expiring terms of two incumbents. Any eligible resident of the Town of Clifton Park who is interested in having his/her name placed on the ballot as a candidate for an open seat on the board, must submit an application and nominating petition. More information about the library trustee position, as well as petitions and applications are available below.