GILMANTON — Despite a request by one of the budget members of the Gilmanton Year-Round Library, selectmen chose not to include its annual budget request in the selectman's operating budget.
Like in previous years, the $46,000 request for 2015 will be a special warrant article.
According to minutes from the late November meeting, Anne Kirby came before the board and asked them to include next year's request in the operating budget. Kirby noted the request was $46,000 for 2015 which is down by $6,000 from last year.
Kirby said she was under the impression that selectmen would include the year-round library in its operating budget if the warrant article passed in 2014.
Selectmen Brett Currier said the article passed by 17 votes in 2014 and that, in his opinion, does not constitute a landslide. He said that he fears that by adding the $46,000 to this year's operating budget could lead to future year-round library requests growing out of control.
Selectman Don Guarino agreed, noting the vote in 2014 was very close and it was only fair to have the town vote on it again by special warrant.
The Gilmanton Year-Round Library opened as a private library in 2009 and is largely funded through donations and in-kind contributions. Each year the library has asked the town to fund some portion of its operations and with the exception of two of those years, the voters have agreed.
Now in its sixth year of operation, Kirby made the point that the operating budget requested from the town through special warrant articles, has remained flat, whether or not those warrant articles have passed. She noted that the library Board of Directors has been very fiscally responsible in spending the funds they get.
Both Currier and Guarino said they needed to see an overwhelming number of people support a warrant article before they would recommend it becomes part of the regular operating budget.
Both also made it clear that there is nothing wrong with the library and neither selectman personally has anything against it. Currier said that as a selectman he feels he needs to be a fiscally responsible as possible.
Kirby said she timed her request so the directors could prepare a petitioned warrant article in a timely manner if selectmen declined to include it.
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