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Thursday, March 1, 2007

USAF Colonial Brass

You are invited to a free concert at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library on Monday, March 5, 2007 at 7pm in the Hayes Room. The Colonial Brass features talented musicians with extensive experience in civilian and military bands and orchestras throughout the United States and abroad. The ensemble utilizes a wide variety of music to entertain audiences of all ages. They have appeared at prestigious venues such as Tanglewood, MENC (Music Educators National Conference), and the New York Brass Conference. The creativity and professionalism of the Colonial Brass inspires audiences wherever they perform. The music they will play ranges from classical to swing to the Sound of Music and a military song or two. The organizer of this program, Lawrence Price, is a delightful person. He plays french horn and is a graduate of The Juilliard School. Join us on Monday for the kick off to the Colonial Brass tour of New England!

Income Tax Forms

I hate to bring up unpleasant subjects, but it might help folks to know that the library has tax forms, both federal and state. We've heard that the post offices no longer carry them. We have the basic forms for the taking, and also have a notebook of less common forms (such as "Income Averaging for Farmers and Fishermen") which can be photocopied. The price for library copies is 15 cents, and our copier does take one dollar bills.

On Tuesdays at the library, the Central Vermont Community Action Council provides volunteer preparers who will e-file your federal and state income tax returns at no charge for any family whose total income for 2006 does not exceed $38,000. Hours of service are from 4-8 p.m. in the Frances Holmes Room on the 1st floor. Ask the staff at the front desk for directions. If you want more information on this great program, call the CVCAC office at 479-1053.

Please don't ask the library staff for help with your income tax. We are highly trained professionals, but income tax preparation was not part of that training! However, we'll be glad to direct you to the forms and publications you need.

By the way, if you'd like to get a better handle on your personal finances in the next year, we're displaying books on that subject near the tax forms. You'll find books like, "The Young Couple's Guide to Growing Rich Together", "Personal Finance for Busy People", and "Personal Finance for Dummies".

Montpelier taxes

An editorial in the February 23, 2007 issue of the Montpelier Bridge is critical of city and school spending and the impact on property taxes. As a library patron pointed out to me, there is an unfortunate error in the editorial that results in an overstatement of the rate of increase of school and city budgets.

The editorial states that the city’s budget is increasing at the rate of 2.1% and school budgets are increasing by 4.59%. The author continues, “Now, let’s combine both budgets. If both school and city budgets are approved, we’re looking at a projected 6.6 percent increase.”

This math is incorrect. If the city’s budget increases by 2.1% and the school's by 4.59%, the combined increase is 3.61%, not 6.6%. (The rate of inflation in New England in 2006 also happens to be 3.6 %.)

Montpelier residents have a relatively high property tax burden. But arguments in opposition to library funding, or funding of other community services, should be based on an accurate analysis.

No More Book Donations Please!

We have stopped taking book donations for our next book sale which begins March 19th. Due to the flood watch we are getting things off the floor in the basement where we usually keep donated books. Our space is limited and we will be moving supplies and equipment to the first or second floor. We hope that with all the preparations in place the flood will not materialize! Please keep your book donations at home for now. We'll let you know when we can take them again. Thanks for your understanding.