New York state education law allows libraries to place a funding proposition on school district ballots and requires school districts, at the libraries’ requests, to levy and collect taxes for libraries.
The libraries are separate legal entities from the school district, with their own funding and budgets. The amount of the tax levy collected by a school district for a library remains the same each year until the library requests a proposition to change that amount.
The school district does not endorse, control or recommend any aspect of how the libraries spend money.
On May 16, when Fayetteville-Manlius School District residents vote on the proposed 2023-24 school budget, they will also have the opportunity to vote on two library propositions: one to levy and collect a tax in the amount of $1,996,558 for the Fayetteville Free Library and the other to levy and collect a tax in the amount of $1,427,736 for the Manlius Library.
If voters approve the propositions, the school district would annually levy and collect taxes in the new amount for the libraries beginning in the 2023-24 fiscal year. The amount authorized for library services is listed as a separate line on residents’ tax bills.
More information about each library and its budget is available by contacting the libraries:
Fayetteville Free Library
315-637-6374; extension 307