On Election Day, Brasher voters, I urge you to vote no to Proposal No. 7 (last one on the reverse side of the ballot). Resolved that, pursuant to education law, section 259, shall the annual contribution of the town of Brasher to the Massena Public Library be set aft $56,000 annually for the provision of the library at the branch location to be situated in the town of Brasher?
As your elected council member, I have served all the residents in the town of Brasher fairly for the past 52 years. I have always made my board decisions based on factual information to the situation and how it affects all the residents of the township.
This summer as I was circulating petitions, I found that many of the residents were opposed to the library tax. Whether taxpayers lived in Brasher Falls, Helena, Brasher Iron Works, Brasher Center or throughout the rural areas, most everyone was opposed to a 14.55 percent increase in their local Brasher town taxes.
The $56,000 library tax contribution that the town of Brasher would have to pay the Massena Public Library each year forever was unacceptable by most of the taxpayers.
Do we really need a Massena branch library in the town of Brasher? We have two libraries at St. Lawrence Central School and are paying school taxes.
Do you really trust the Massena library management to oversee your hard-earned tax dollars? As reported, they are having problems financially and other problems in the operation of their main library in Massena. Volunteers and representatives from the Massena Public Library broke legal rules when getting petitions signed when they left a legal document out on a store counter to be signed without a witness.
If Proposal No. 7 passes, the $56,000 library tax will be given to the Massena Public Library each year annually without anyone from the town of Brasher overseeing it.
How will the Brasher taxpayers know if their money is being used for the Brasher library? The Massena library has said they will use excess books from Massena and ask for book donations. Does this mean that Brasher branch gets leftovers and Brasher taxes pay for new things in Massena?
Taxpayers will be paying rent on a second floor room that will be closed more than open. It will only be open 15 hours a week with a paid part-time person employed by the Massena library.
I have given much thought to the questions, and actual information is available about Proposal No. 7. I am urging all registered taxpayers to get out and vote no to Proposal No. 7 on Election Day.
William D. Demo