Voters to decide on library propositions

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.

When Fayetteville-Manlius School District residents vote on the proposed 2020-21 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 $1,894,382 for the Fayetteville Free Library and the other to levy and collect a tax in the amount of $1,358,675 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 2020-21 fiscal year. The amount authorized for library services is listed as a separate line on residents’ tax bills.

Library budget information

More information about each library and its budget is available on their respective websites.

Fayetteville Free Library

Manlius Library