Registered East Hampton, Springs, and Wainscott School District voters approved the East Hampton Library’s 2014 budget on Saturday. The vote was 162 to 43 in favor of a $2.1 million budget, representing an increase of $141,000 over this year. Next year’s budget will result in an average tax increase of $7.76 for homeowners.
Dennis Fabiszak, the library’s director, told The Star that the library’s expansion, presently under way, necessitated some of the increases. A larger building will mean additional heating and cooling capacity, he said, and a part-time librarian will be hired for the new children’s room. In addition, a part-time custodian will be added to the staff to meet the demands of a larger building. Purchases of books and recorded music account for the balance of the budget increase, he said.