The Florida Public Library (FPL) annual budget vote and trustee election will be held on Thurs., Apr. 5 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Library, located at 4 Cohen Cir. in Florida NY. All registered voters in the Florida Union Free School District are eligible to vote. Absentee ballots are available until Wed., Apr. 4. Copies of the budget are available at the Library circulation desk or online at www.floridapubliclibrary.org.
Two propositions will be on the ballot. The first proposition seeks approval of a tax levy of $459,140 for the annual operation of the library and the election of three trustees. The proposed tax levy is an increase of $15,200 over the current year. Estimated 2018-19 tax rates per $1,000 of assessed property value are $5.62 for the Town of Warwick, an increase of .16, and $1.30 for the Town of Goshen, an increase of .04.
The open seats on the Library Board are those of Alfred Beers, Lee Maas and Ronald Kamrowski. Candidates for the three seats are incumbent Kamrowski, Laura Fernandez and write-in candidate Stella Kosior. All three seats are for three-year terms commencing on Sun., Jul. 1.
Ron Kamrowski is a lifelong resident of Florida. He is a graduate of John S. Burke and SUNY Buffalo and is retired from a long career with ShopRite. Laura Fernandez has lived in Florida for 40 years and is retired from Orange County Social Services, where she honed her skills in problem-solving and customer service in a 25-year career. Stella Kosior is also a Florida native and a member of the S.S. Seward Alumni Association. She recently retired from Modern Produce where she was office manager for many years. She currently serves as the appointed FPL Treasurer.
In addition to the vote, several other events will take place at FPL on Election Day. ScienceTellers will visit the Library at 10:30 a.m. for a family program specially geared for preschoolers but open to all ages. “Pirates: Lost at Sea” will explore the science behind clouds, combustion, air pressure, shifting states of matter, and more. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
The Library’s 3D printer will be working and on display from 4 to 6 p.m. for STEAM lovers of all ages to observe and have their questions answered by a Library staff member.
In the evening, from 6 to 8 p.m., “An Evening with Marc Mathelier” will feature the guitarist in a solo performance of songs ranging from classical jazz to new age. Listeners are invited to stop by for music and refreshments in the café that will be set up in the children’s room.
For more information or to register for programs at the Library, call Director Madelyn Folino at 651-7659 or visit www.floridapubliclibrary.org.