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Special District:
Involves an annual budget vote and trustee election. The proposition and trustee candidates can appear on the general election ballot if vote is held on election day (defined within special district legislation). The library may hold their own vote, if it is defined that way in their legislation.

School District :
Involves an annual budget vote and trustee election. The proposition and trustee candidates appear on the school district ballot. Taxes are collected by the school district and handed over to the library; date of vote varies.

414:
Special legislation passed in 1995 allows Association and Municipal libraries the ability to put their budgets up for a public vote. The library's budget cannot increase without another 414 vote.

  • See Public Library Districts How-To Kit: Municipal Ballot for more detailed information.
    [Note: The number of petition signatures needed to place the 414 on the ballot must equal at least 10% of the number of votes cast in the last gubernatorial election (in your chartered service area)]

259:
Funding proposition placed on a school district ballot; usually a small line on the budget.

This toolkit was created on behalf of the 2005-2007 Getting to Yes (GTY) project. GTY is funded by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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