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Bill S7259-2013

Creates the Starr public library district and provides for the means for construction and financing of facilities for the district

Creates the Starr public library district and provides for the means for construction and financing of facilities for the district.

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  • May 8, 2014: REFERRED TO CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS

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BILL NUMBER:S7259

TITLE OF BILL: An act creating the Starr public library district in the town of Rhinebeck, New York; and to amend chapter 672 of the laws of 1993 amending the public authorities law relating to the construction and financing of facilities for certain public libraries, in relation to including the Starr public library district within the provisions of such chapter and providing for financing through the dormitory authority

PURPOSE: To create the Starr public library district and provide for the means for construction and financing for facilities for the district

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 creates the library district.

Section 2 outlines the election procedures for the board of trustees.

Section 3 details the organization and structure of the Starr public library district. Section 4 explains the financial obligations and procedures for the library district.

Section 5 sets procedures for its charter, commencement of operations, and transfer of property and employees.

Section 6 declares ad valorem levy for several lots and parcels within the area of the district that would be determined to be benefitted by the library facilities and outlines the authority that the town of Rhinebeck would have to oversee these buildings.

Section 7 clarifies that except as otherwise provided by this act, the provisions of the education law relating to public libraries shall be applicable to the district established by this act.

Section 8 deems the public library district separate and distinct from the town for all purposes, including but not limited to management, appropriations, and expenditures

Section 9 adds a new subdivision 47 to section 5 of chapter 672 of the laws of 1993

Section 10 sets an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Founded in 1862, the Starr Library in Rhinebeck has been serving patrons in the Mid-Hudson Valley for over 150 years. It is the oldest library in the Mid-Hudson library system and has an incredible history of being an important educational resource. Originally located in the Starr Institute Building in Rhinebeck, the library moved up to West Market Street in the 1970s. In 2005, they had outgrown their smaller building and the Board of Trustees raised the funds to construct a new wing, which expanded their offerings to the community.

The creation of the Starr public library district is the next step forward for this important institution to continue its important work in providing educational resources for residents in the Rhinebeck community and throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7259 IN SENATE May 8, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. GIPSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions AN ACT creating the Starr public library district in the town of Rhine- beck, New York; and to amend chapter 672 of the laws of 1993 amending the public authorities law relating to the construction and financing of facilities for certain public libraries, in relation to including the Starr public library district within the provisions of such chap- ter and providing for financing through the dormitory authority THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Creation of library district. Notwithstanding the provisions of any general, special, or local law to the contrary, there is hereby created and established in the town of Rhinebeck, county of Dutchess, a public library district which shall be known as the Starr public library district, hereinafter referred to as the district, and which shall consist of all the territory within the town of Rhinebeck. The district will operate a public library to be known as the Starr library. S 2. Election. 1. The district herein described shall not come into existence unless and until it is approved with the initial budget in support thereof proposed by the board of trustees of the existing Starr Institute, and nine trustees are elected by a vote of the majority of the qualified voters voting in an election held, not later than January 31, 2016, pursuant to the following provisions: Upon receipt of a petition signed by not less than twenty-five voters qualified to vote at a general election in the district, the board of trustees of the existing Starr Institute, shall conduct an election at which the issues shall be: (a) whether the public library district herein described with the initial budget in support thereof proposed by the board of trustees of the existing Starr Institute, shall be created or not; and (b) the election of nine trustees as provided by this act.
The board of trustees of the existing Starr Institute, shall give notice of such election by publication of notice at least twice in one or more newspapers having a general circulation in the district to be served. The first publication of such notice shall be not less than thirteen days and not more than twenty days prior to the date of such election. In addition, the board of trustees of the existing Starr Institute, shall cause copies of such notice to be posted conspicuously in three public places in the district at least thirteen days prior to the date of such election. Such notice shall specify the date and time when and the place where such election will be held and the issues to be decided at such election. The board of trustees of the existing Starr Institute, shall designate a resident qualified voter of such district to act as chairperson of any election of such district and shall desig- nate not less than two nor more than six resident qualified voters to act as election inspectors and ballot clerks at such election. No trus- tee of the Starr Institute, shall serve as chairperson or as an election inspector or ballot clerk. The board of trustees of the existing Starr Institute, may adopt a resolution providing that such chairperson, election inspectors and ballot clerks shall be paid reasonable compen- sation for their respective services at such election. Every voter who is a resident of the district and otherwise qualified to vote at a general election in the town shall be qualified to vote at said election. The board of trustees of the existing Starr Institute, may, to the extent authorized by law, authorize the use of absentee ballots for the election. After the polls have closed at such election, the election inspectors and the ballot clerks shall immediately canvass publicly the ballots cast and the chairperson of the election shall publicly announce the result. Within seventy-two hours thereafter, the chairperson, election inspectors and ballot clerks shall execute and file a certif- icate of the result of the canvass with the board of trustees of the existing Starr Institute, and the town clerk. If a majority of the voters approve the formation of the district with the initial budget in support thereof proposed by the board of trustees of the Starr Insti- tute, then the district shall come into existence on the terms and conditions set forth in this act. 2. In the event that the district is created, there shall be an annual election conducted by the board of trustees of the Starr public library district in accordance with the provisions of subdivision one of this section at a time to be set by the board of trustees of the district, at which election vacancies on the board of trustees shall be filled and at which any proposed budget which the board shall determine to submit to the voters pursuant to section four of this act shall be submitted to the voters. 3. Candidates for the office of member of the board of trustees of the Starr public library district shall be nominated by petition. No vacan- cy to be filled on the board of trustees shall be considered a separate, specific office. A separate petition shall be required to nominate each candidate for a vacancy on the board. Each petition shall be directed to the secretary of the board of trustees of the existing Starr Institute, shall be signed by at least twenty-five qualified voters of the district, shall state the residence of each signer, and shall state the name and residence of the candidate. In the event that any such nominees shall withdraw their candidacy prior to the election, such person shall not be considered a candidate unless a new petition nominating such person in the same manner and within the same time limitation applicable to other candidates is filed with the secretary of the board of trustees
of the existing Starr Institute. Each petition shall be filed with the secretary of the board of trustees of the existing Starr Institute, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., not later than the thirti- eth day before the election at which the candidates nominated are to be elected. In the event that the new district is created, petitions nomi- nating candidates for the board of trustees for all future elections shall be filed with the secretary of the Starr public library district. S 3. Organization and structure. The Starr public library district shall be managed, operated, and controlled by a board of trustees consisting of nine members. The trustees shall take office at the first regular meeting of the board of trustees following their election. At the first regular meeting of the board of trustees of the district, the trustees shall determine when the terms of office of each member shall expire as follows: the trustees receiving the first, second and third highest number of votes shall each serve for three years, the trustees receiving the fourth, fifth and sixth highest number of votes shall each serve for two years, and the trustees receiving the seventh, eighth and ninth highest number of votes shall each serve for one year. As vacan- cies occur due to expiration of terms of office, trustees shall be elected by the voters of the district at the election provided for by this act to serve three year terms, such terms to commence at the first regular meeting of the board of trustees of the district next following their election. All other vacancies caused by resignation, removal, death, or inability to serve shall be filled by appointment by the board of trustees of the district until the next election, at which time the vacancy shall be filled by election for the remaining portion of the term. At any election where one or more persons are to be elected for the unexpired portion of a term or terms, the candidate receiving the largest number of votes shall be entitled to the full three year term and the candidates receiving the next highest number of votes shall be entitled, in decreasing order of the respective numbers of votes, to the vacancy or vacancies, in decreasing order of the length of the unexpired portion or portions of a term or terms. Only qualified voters of the district shall be eligible for election to the board of trustees. The board of trustees at its first meeting after each annual election shall elect or appoint a president, vice-president, and a secretary, who shall be members of the board, and a treasurer and such other officers as they deem necessary. If the board so determines, the office of treasurer may be held by an individual who is not a member of the board of trustees and, in that event, such officer may, if the board so determines, receive compensation as fixed by resolution of the board. S 4. Finances. 1. The initial budget to support the district shall be determined by a vote of the voters of the district in the initial election as hereinafter provided for. All future budgets that increase or decrease the district's proposed tax levy as compared to the tax levy in the preceding fiscal year's budget shall be submitted to the resi- dents voting at the annual election of trustees pursuant to section two of this act. Funds voted for library purposes at the initial election and at all future elections shall be considered an annual appropriation therefor and shall be levied and collected yearly by the town for the district in the same manner and at the same time as other taxes in the town. 2. The district's fiscal year shall run from the first day of January to the thirty-first day of December. The board of trustees of the district shall annually file with the clerk of the town on or before the first day of November an estimate of the proposed budget including costs
of library services to be raised by levy for the library district in the fiscal year beginning on the first day of January of the next year. The town shall not make any change in the estimate of revenues or expendi- tures submitted by the board of the district in preparation of its preliminary budget. 3. The town board of the town of Rhinebeck shall levy a tax against the real property lying within the district for the amount to be raised by tax as approved by the voters of the district. The town board shall pay the full amount of the tax levy approved by the voters over to the treasurer of the district pursuant to the schedule set forth in this section. The town board shall annually pay over to the treasurer of the district on or before the thirtieth day after its tax collection period ends, the full amount of the levy due. If necessary to meet this sched- ule, the town board may issue tax anticipation notes pursuant to article II of the local finance law to obtain the necessary moneys therefor. 4. The town board of the town shall have the power to authorize, sell, and issue bonds, notes, and other evidences of indebtedness pursuant to the local finance law in order to permit the district to provide facili- ties or improved facilities for library purposes. Upon written request from the board of trustees of the district, after approval by the quali- fied voters of such district, the town board shall authorize, sell, and issue such bonds, notes, or other evidences of indebtedness as are necessary to accomplish the improvements specified in the notice. The proceeds of such bonds, notes, or other evidences of indebtedness shall be paid to the treasurer of the district and maintained in a segregated account in accordance with section 165.00 of the local finance law and expended by the treasurer only on specific authorization by the board of trustees. 5. The board of trustees of the district may accept on behalf of the district any absolute gift, devise, or bequest of real or personal prop- erty and such conditional gifts, devises, or bequests as it shall by resolution approve. 6. The treasurer of the district shall be custodian of all funds of the district, including gifts and trust funds paid over to the trustees. The board of trustees may authorize the investment of funds in the custody of the treasurer in the same manner in which town funds may be invested. Proceeds of obligations received from the town may be invested in accordance with section 165.00 of the local finance law. The town of Rhinebeck shall promptly pay over to the district all monies which belong to or are raised for the district. No monies shall be disbursed by the treasurer of the district except after audit by the board of trustees. The board of trustees of the district shall audit all claims and shall order the payment thereof, except as otherwise provided by this section. No such claims shall be audited or ordered paid by the trustees unless an itemized voucher therefor shall be presented to the board of trustees for audit and allowance. The provisions of this section shall not be applicable to payment of utility costs, claims of fixed salaries, and amounts which the district may be required to pay on account of retirement contributions for past or current services to officers and employees of the district. The treasurer shall keep such records in such manner as the board of trustees may require. S 5. Charter, commencement of operations, and transfer of property and employees. The initially elected trustees of the district shall, within ninety days from the date of approval of the district by the voters of the district, apply to the board of regents for a charter as a public library. Upon the granting of such a charter by the board of regents,
title to all liabilities and assets, including all property, both real and personal, and both tangible and intangible, all trust and other funds, and all other obligations, now held by the existing Starr Insti- tute, shall be transferred to, vested in, and be acquired by the district established by this act. The above provisions for transfer to, vesting and acquisition of real and personal property, both tangible and intangible, and all trust and other funds, are effectuated by operation of law pursuant to the authority of this act, except that, for purposes of clarity of real property records, deeds of conveyance shall be executed and filed for any parcels of real property. Upon the transfer of all such property, the existing Starr Institute shall be deemed dissolved. Upon the granting of such charter by the board of regents, all employees of the existing Starr Institute shall become employees of the district upon the same terms and conditions of employment and at the same rate of pay as their previous employment by the existing Starr Institute. S 6. Ad valorem levy. The several lots and parcels of land within the area of the district are hereby determined to be benefited by the library facilities and devices existing as of the effective date of this act, and the town of Rhinebeck is hereby authorized to assess, levy, and collect the necessary expenses of operation, maintenance, and repair of such facilities and services and such capital improvements, including debt service on bonds, notes, or other evidences of indebtedness of the town issued for the purpose of the district, as may be hereafter author- ized pursuant to the provisions of this act from such lots and parcels of land in the same manner and at the same time as other town charges. S 7. Education law. Except as otherwise provided by this act, the provisions of the education law relating to public libraries shall be applicable to the district established by this act. S 8. The district is deemed a special district which is separate and distinct from the town for all purposes, including but not limited to management, appropriations, and expenditures. Any tax levy for the district shall not be charged or imputed to the town, and shall instead be charged or imputed to the district, for purposes of any general or special laws enacted by the legislature. S 9. Section 5 of chapter 672 of the laws of 1993, amending the public authorities law relating to the construction and financing of facilities for certain public libraries, is amended by adding a new subdivision 47 to read as follows: 47. STARR PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT S 10. This act shall take effect immediately.

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