Huntington Library Board of Trustees and Friends of the Huntington Library: Vote ‘Yes’ to save the library

Published: 5/14/2022 7:36:31 AM
Modified: 5/14/2022 7:34:42 AM

The Huntington Select Board and the Finance Committee have decided to put the entire fiscal year 2023 Huntington Library budget on an override question.

The budget total presented at the recent budget hearings was the lowest amount it could be in order to meet the requirements set by the state which would allow the library to continue to be certified by the state.

Without certification the library does not receive any state aid. Also, Huntington residents will lose the ability to use any other library in the state even if a resident has a card from that library. Services like interlibrary loans and simply borrowing books from any other library will no longer be available to the residents of Huntington.

The override question concerns not only certification, it is about the entire budget. A “No” vote will shut the library down completely for an entire year. There will be no access to any library materials. There will be no funds for staff, programs, copier, computer or internet access. There will be no funds for utilities or any sort of maintenance.

A special hearing is set for Monday, May 16 at 7 p.m., at Stanton Hall to discuss this issue. A special town election is being scheduled for Saturday, June 4, to vote on the override issue. In an effort to save your library, we encourage Huntington residents to take action on this issue and vote “Yes” at the special town election.

Alicia Hackerson


This letter is written on behalf of the Huntington Library Board of Trustees and Friends of the Huntington Library.


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