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Libraries provide essential services that people count on. Securing adequate, stable funding for a library is critical.
It is recommended* that all libraries secure funding through a public vote on their tax levy. Generating a direct relationship between the library and taxpayers ensures accountability and transparency, for when a library is providing quality library service that responds to community needs and priorities, a community is willing to invest in that library.
*Recommendation 1: “The further proliferation of the Regents’ Public Library District Model to enable all public libraries to become fully funded and governed through citizen participation and public vote.” –Creating the Future: a 2020 Vision Plan for Library Service in NYS, Recommendations of the New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries to the New York State Board of Regents, 2012.