TO THE VOTERS OF THE TOWN OF BROADALBIN, we publicly
The Wilkinson Memorial
Book Station, as it presently exists, does not
in any way, shape, manner or form meet the
definition of a public library as set forth in
the applicable New York State law regarding the
establishment of a public library.
The proposition on the
November General Election ballot reflects
exactly and precisely the petition language
received by the Town of Broadalbin in June 2021.
If approved by the voters, it would send the
Town in the direction of taking the steps
required by the NYS Board of Regents to
establish a certified Town Library.
The referendum has nothing
to do with providing a "home" for the Wilkinson
Memorial Book Station, or radically increasing
the support it has received in the Town of
Broadalbin budget for many decades. That figure
will continue to be determined yearly in budget
In short, the
establishment of a Town Library as requested in
the original petition and reflected in the
referendum language has nothing to do with the
Wilkinson Memorial Book Station. If approved it
will be added to the Comprehensive Plan of the
Town of Broadalbin when it undergoes mandatory
review and revision in 2022. Thereafter, and at
such time as the Town is financially able to
move forward with that item in The Plan, a
referendum will be before the voters on levy of
taxes for the construction and operation of said
entity in the Town.
This statement will be put
on the Town of Broadalbin website: townofbroadalbinny.com.
, submitted to the Leader Herald official
newspaper, and submitted to the Town of
Broadalbin Fan page, and Village of Broadalbin
fan page on Facebook.
Town of Broadalbin Town Board - October 12, 2021