Voters who use the East Hampton Library will cast their ballots on Saturday in the annual East Hampton Library budget vote.
The budget is set to increase $141,263 for a total of just over $2.1 million, largely in anticipation of the children's wing addition at the library, expected to be finish early this winter.
Voters, on average, are looking at a $7.76 per year increase in taxes.
Responsible for the increase is mainly personnel costs, which are increase $106,623 and make up about $1.5 million of the overall expenditures. Dennis Fabiszak, the library director, said the additional funds will cover a new children's librarian and a new part-time custodian for the new children's wing. The two positions will be hired in January.
Facilities costs are also increasing, by $20,550, to $191,650. "The facilities increase is what we anticipate spending for electric, heating and cooling of the new children's addition," Fabiszak said.
The library will also spend $141,750 on materials, $6,750 more than the previous budget. Materials include books, audio books, periodicals, DVDs, music, and Ebooks.
Fabsizak is also planning ahead for a new author speaker series, and he has set aside an additional $5,000 in the fundraising budget of $94,700 for costs associated with it.
Expenses are not the only line items increasing. Estimate revenue is also expected to increase. Private fundraising and donations are estimated to go up $35,282 to $500,200. Income from fines, fees, sales and State Aid are also expected to increase $18,497 for a total of $51,742.
Since 1995, the community has donated $16 million to the library, reducing the money that has to be raised by taxes.
The library district tax will bring in just under $1.5 million, a $122,558 increase over the last budget.
The budget vote is held at the library from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All registered voters in the East Hampton, Springs, and Wainscott School Districts are eligible to vote.