Annual Reports

Budget News

In June 2023 the voters approved our 2023-2024 budget with 85% in favor (62 yes / 11 no).  Learn more about the budget. (PDF)

2024-2025 Budget Proposal

 

Annual Report to the Community

2023 Annual Report

The year was 2023 and the Red Jacket Community Library was on a mission! Even with a temporary building, we were determined to keep our programming and services top-notch. Our collection has grown by leaps and bounds, with new books arriving every month.

To add to our excitement, we were able to utilize an additional small building on the north end of our little Library. This, we transformed into a versatile space for meetings and programming, added a director’s office as well as a staff workroom/breakroom. This extra space has been a game-changer for us, allowing us to offer a wider range of events and become a hub for community organizations.

In 2024, we hope to find a forever home for the library in a permanent location and reestablish our full collection. We also hope to increase the amount of attendance for programs and increase our patronage and circulation.

We look forward to continuing to serve our community and welcome you into the library!

At our Budget Vote and Trustee Election in June, Heather Baxter and Nancy Johnsen were re-elected for a five year term to serve from 2023-2028. Voters approved our 2023-24 budget of $259,763 with the approval rate of 85%. Learn more about the 2023-24 budget.

Prior Year Annual Reports and Form 990

Our annual reports are in PDF format. You’ll need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. Electronic copies of Tax Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, are found on the irs.gov website

2022 Annual Report

In 2022, Red Jacket Community Library made the decision to move out of the shared use facility in the school due to increased costs and reduced benefits. The Library moved into a temporary location which has allowed the Library to be in compliance with the NYS Division of Library Development minimum standards in regards to our open hours, which previously were not being met due to the restricted hours of access at the school.

The new location gave the Library the opportunity to set our own hours, allowed for daytime access to the Library and offer more diverse programming. The Director and Library Board of Trustees continued to collaborate with many community organizations, pursued grant opportunities and supported fundraising through the Friends of the RJCL.

Voters approved our 2022-23 budget of $243,079 in May with the approval rate of 75%. More budget info.

2021 saw expanded virtual services, daytime programs at community sites

As COVID-19 continued to limit in-person services through the spring of 2021, we continued to offer virtual programs, curbside pickup, and access to e-books and audio books through the four-county OWWL system. In the spring, we launched daytime programs in the village halls. Unable to offer our usual summer programs in the library due to the school’s need for the facility, we implemented a robust schedule of programs in the village parks, along with evening and Saturday events at the library.  We delivered more than $246,000 in value to the community. See how we calculated the value.

Voters approved our 2021-22 budget of $243,079 in May. The approval rate of 62% was similar to the approval rate of 66% in 2020 when ballots were mailed to all households. More budget info.

2020 meant flexibility and brought new remote and online services

When the COVID-19 pandemic closed the library in early 2020, we implemented a wide range of virtual programs and services. We worked through the school’s renovation project that included new carpeting. We installed new public computer workstations and an ADA compliant circulation desk for the community library. See how we calculated the value we delivered. Additional 2020-2021 budget information.

2019 Annual Report

2019 marked our 21th anniversary as your public library. With a 0% increase in the tax levy over the prior year, we provided materials and services valued at more than $460,000 from our joint-use facility with the school. See how we calculated that value.