February 20, 2018

Revote on Budget Fails Again in New Rochelle

By LJ Staff

For the second time this summer, voters in New Rochelle, NY, rejected their public library’s budget. The city was compelled for the first time to conform to a state law to publicly approve its $3.4 million library budget separately from the city budget. The city council chose to fund the library for the first time in the form of a property tax, and voters rejected a proposal that would have cost approximately $200 per residential property. It is now up to the city council to come up with a budget without this revenue, as it planned to use money previously set aside for the library for other purposes.