Tupper Lake library budget passes

TUPPER LAKE – A record turnout of voters approved the Goff-Nelson Memorial Library budget Tuesday.

Of the 124 votes, 122 were in favor of the budget. One “no” vote and one blank ballot were also submitted.

Library Director Peg Mauer said the turnout beat the record of 111 people set last year.

The library will get $197,696 from real property taxes, a 5 percent increase over last year’s $188,282 budget.

“That’s pretty bare bones,” Mauer said. “We’ve really been trying to reduce things. We didn’t lay anyone off, but we did cut overlapping hours.”

Mauer said the increase will help pay for higher utility bills and maintenance on the building. The maintenance budget went from $5,000 to $7,000.

“Things are humming along pretty good here,” Mauer said. “We have to repair some of the trim on front of the building. The whole building should really be re-trimmed and re-stained, and maybe someday we can do that. We do feel very fortunate, though. We get a lot of support from the community.”

Voters also chose two of four potential candidates for the library’s board of trustees. Carol Fuller was reelected to a five-year term, and Don Whitmore, who received the next most votes, was elected to fill the remaining year of Paul Chartier, who resigned.

Anyone 18 and older who has lived in the Tupper Lake School District for 30 days or more was eligible to vote.

In neighboring Saranac Lake, voters will decide on a $148,464 library budget Tuesday on the same ballot as their school district budget.