Library Update – October 11, 2018
The Bayport-Blue Point Library Board is moving ahead with a proposed bond vote on December 6, 2018 to renovate the former St. Ursuline Center for a new library. After months of gathering the necessary information to make an informed decision, the board will present a bond for $16,847,800 million. The bond covers both the $3,650,000 for the purchase of the center and the $13,197,800 for the required renovations to convert the building from a community residence to a community library.
The board made the decision based on several factors. First, it would be almost as costly to renovate and to expand the current library building; it provides an opportunity to increase library services to our young children, our teens, our seniors and general library patrons in a building that will meet the standards of today’s building codes, including compliance with the American Disabilities Act. Another major factor is that it will preserve a unique community asset. The building’s historic character will be maintained and the grounds will be protected for current and future generations of Bayport-Blue Point community members to enjoy.
The board stated that the approximate tax increase for the average Brookhaven resident is approximately $19.11 per month; while Islip residents will see an average increase of about $18.88 per month, both over an 18-year bond. Although the maximum amount of the bond is the $16,847,800 million, Library Board President Ronald Devine stated that after the sale of the current library property and the application for building grants, the goal is to have the bond amount decreased by 10 to 15 percent.