NORTH TONAWANDA — The turnout was small, but overwhelmingly favorable as voters approved a 2016-17 North Tonawanda Library budget increase on Wednesday by a vote of 247 to 38.
Voters approved a one percent increase in spending over the current budget representing an increase of $13,962. The total budget for 2016-17 with the approved increase will be $1.76 million.
Also elected was trustee Deborah Galas with 233 votes. Galas was running unopposed for a five-year term. She has been a trustee since 2003.
The library receives funding from Niagara County, the City of North Tonawanda, Wheatfield and Pendleton, as well as state funding. The library upgraded its technology and Wi-Fi in 2015 and added early literacy stations and handheld gaming devices to the Children’s Room with funds provided by the Library Friend’s Group and government grants.