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A public hearing on the Olean Public Library's proposed $677,559 budget appropriation and plan of service for the 1998-1999 year will be held beginning at 7 p.m. April 9 in the library gallery at 134 N. Second St.

The plan is an increase of $32,265 from last year's appropriation from the Olean City School District tax levy, and, if approved by voters at an April 23 election, would raise property taxes 66 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

The budget hike and proposed plan of service calls for a 7.8 percent increase in the book budget, an investigation of possible costs to increase the library's hours, increased public computer and internet access, a CD-ROM software collection, furniture and fixtures refurbishing, increased programming, and expansion of large print, books-on-tape and video collections.

The library budget is separate from the school district vote as a result of changes in the state law prior to the 1997-1998 school year. A Library Board trustee will also be elected.

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