Officials say proposed $23K bump won’t change tax rate

VICTOR — Voters Wednesday will weigh in on a proposed $23,245 boost in tax support for Victor Farmington Library. But thanks to robust growth town-wide, residents would not pay higher tax rates if it’s approved.

Library Director Elly Dawson said the increase is driven by a climb in minimum wage and costs related to library materials and building maintenance.

The need is compounded, she said, because the library has continued to operate on the same amount voters approved in 2015 — $455,144 annually.

At the time, that amount reflected a tax rate of $0.19 per $1,000 valuation. But as more homes were built in Victor, the total tax assessment went up and VFL’s slice of the pie did not. The library’s six-member board is looking to maintain that $0.19 tax rate, but increase community-based support to $478,389.

In 2017, nearly 85 percent of VFL’s $537,901 budget is coming from local tax dollars, Dawson said.

So for a resident who owns a $200,000 home, the $0.19 per $1,000 tax rate translates to $38 per year, the cost of about four books, she said.

“We’re in a wonderfully different situation,” said Dawson. “Most communities are not seeing an increase in their assessment. Here we are because of the growth in the community and so many houses are being built. Other local libraries in our system can be as high as over a dollar per $1,000.”

The annual tax will be levied and collected by the Victor Central School District, separate from the annual school district budget, to fund the 2018 library budget, which runs from January to December.

In past years, the library relied on a combination of private funding and public funding from the towns of Victor and Farmington and Ontario County in order to operate.

The vote is set for Wednesday, June 21, from noon to 8 p.m. at Victor Village Hall, 60 E. Main St.

“One of the things that makes us an exemplary library is that we are always changing — not change for change’s sake — but because there are so many possibilities,” said Dawson.

After four-and-a-half years as library director, and a massive overhaul of VFL’s layout and resources, Dawson will retire in July. Tim Niver, VFL’s community services librarian, is expected to succeed her, pending official approval at the VFL Board of Trustees meeting next Tuesday.

“Everyone should be able to retire from the best job they ever had, and I absolutely love this job,” said Dawson.


If you go

WHAT Victor Farmington Library vote

WHEN Wednesday, June 21, noon to 8 p.m.

WHERE Victor Village Hall, 60 E. Main St.

INFO Visit, write or call 585-924-2637