The Riverhead library's main floor. File photo: Denise Civiletti

Riverhead Central School District taxpayers go to the polls Tuesday to vote on proposed budgets for the two public libraries in the district.

Voters will decide whether to approve the Riverhead Free Library’s $4.2 million operating budget for 2022-23, a $90,475 increase from the 2021-22 budget. The spending plan requires a 2.37% increase in the library tax levy, which is below the 2.42% cap set by a state formula. A budget summary detailing proposed expenditures and anticipated revenues can be found on the library’s website.

Voters will also decide whether to approve the Baiting Hollow Free Library’s $17,962 budget proposal, which is a slight reduction from the $17,980 budget approved by voters last year. 

When voters go to the polls on the library budget proposal, they are technically voting on whether to authorize a contract between the Riverhead Central School District and each of the libraries. The library is not a separate taxing district. The library vote has traditionally been held separately from the school district budget vote, as allowed by state law.

Voters will also elect three Riverhead Free Library trustees Tuesday. Three people running for three open seats: incumbent David J. Friedrich, Carlos Alvarez and William Sandback. Trustee Gina Chinese, who was appointed by the board to fill a vacancy created by the resignation last month of former Trustee Amy Woods, is running unopposed to finish Woods’ term, ending in 2023. Candidates’ biographies can be found on the library’s website.

All voting takes place at Riverhead Free Library, 330 Court Street, Riverhead. Polls are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m..

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Alek Lewis is a lifelong Riverhead resident and a 2021 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Communication and Journalism. Previously, he served as news editor of Stony Brook’s student newspaper, The Statesman, and was a member of the campus’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Email: [email protected]