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A Letter From the Ellicottville Library Board of Trustees

For less than a few cups of coffee a year, you can ensure the Ellicottville Memorial Library remains a prominent part of our community. 
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For less than a few cups of coffee a year, you can ensure the Ellicottville Memorial Library remains a prominent part of our community. 

Due to recent budget cuts from New York State, the Library no longer receives the critical bullet aid that helps offset overall costs. In light of this, the Board of Trustees requested an increase in funding from the Ellicottville Central School tax levy. When the time comes to vote, we humbly ask for your support. 

The Library is requesting $65,000 — a $7.56 tax rate per $100,000 assessed property value. The added funds would make a significant difference in the Library’s budgetary outlook moving forward. 

Opening at its current location in 2006, the Library has grown and adapted as society has. While a library in the truest sense, it also offers the public so much more. Access to WiFi and computers. A community room for anyone to use. Activities like the Summertime Children’s Reading Program and various educational workshops. A vast collection of fiction and non-fiction books. All of it is offered to the public free of charge. 

Since the pandemic began, the Library has remained closed. For the employees and volunteers who crave the daily interaction, this period has been difficult. But while the doors are locked, the WiFi remains on. During the last few weeks, 110 users accessed it 141 times. Without an Internet connection at home, they took advantage of the Library’s free service to work, or do homework, or stay connected. 

The Library’s ask for an increase in funding would assist with the need for the addition of one part-time employee, a much needed second study room, and general maintenance of the building. Since 2006, the Library’s circulation has increased from 4,644 to 27,376, with Library program attendance jumping from 532 to 3,201. The Community Room, free to use, averages over 400 programs per year. 

The last time the Library asked for a substantial increase in funding was 2008. Thanks to the unbelievable support of the Ellicottville community, we have maintained a healthy budget. But as costs increase and state funding decreases, we need to look forward to ensure the Library remains. When the time comes to vote in the next few weeks, we would appreciate your support of the Library. 

Sincerely, 

The Ellicottville Memorial Library Board of Trustees