This November, residents of the Library District will vote on the Library’s budget and elect Board of Trustee members. Voters need to be registered in New York State (NYS) and live within the Library District 30 days prior to the vote.
The Library District consists of The Town of Ballston, outside of the Village of Ballston Spa. The Library District does not follow the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District boundaries.
Initially chartered in 1957, the Ballston Community Public Library has served the community for 66 years. Both our community and library have changed since then, and the library is updating its legislation to reflect how special district libraries work today. This update creates more transparency and accountability by providing district residents with direct input to the library, reflected in two significant changes:
• Residents of the Library District will vote on the budget directly.
• Currently, the Town of Ballston appoints library trustees. The new legislation ensures district residents elect library trustees.
The Library and Town of Ballston worked with Assemblywoman Walsh, Senator Tedisco, the Southern Adirondack Library System, and the New York State Library to coordinate this update. Governor Hochul signed the update into law as Chapter 336 on August 23, 2023.
PUBLIC HEARING – OCTOBER 11, 2023
For input from the public regarding the status of the legislation creating the special library district,
the proposed change to elected leadership and the proposed budget.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Ballston Community Public Library will hold a Public Hearing on
Wednesday, October 11, at 7:00 p.m. at the Library Community Room, 2 Lawmar Lane, Burnt
Hills, New York 12027 as required by Chapter 203 of the Laws of 1957, as amended in 2023 (the
“Hearing”) in anticipation of a vote and election to be held on November 14, 2023. At such public
hearing, all persons will be given an opportunity to be heard. Written and oral statements will be
taken at that time. Time limitations may be imposed for each oral statement, if necessary.
2024 BUDGET VOTE & TRUSTEE ELECTION-NOVEMBER 14, 2023
The Board of Trustees of the Ballston Community Public Library are seeking candidates for seven library trustee positions to begin December 1, 2023.
In order to qualify for trustee, candidates are required to be registered voters residing in Ballston, within the boundaries of the Library Tax District. Interested parties must gather a minimum of 25 signatures from registered voters in the Town of Ballston (outside of the Village of Ballston Spa), before being added to the November 14 ballot. Trustee ballot petitions are available online or can be picked up at the Library Circulation Desk.
2024 Budget information is available below. Interested patrons can attend a Public Hearing to learn more about the proposed budget on Wednesday, October 11 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room at the Ballston Community Public Library, 2 Lawmar Lane, Burnt Hills, NY 12027.