Shortfall may shutter library in NorthvaleWith less than a month to reduce more than $700,000 from the tax levy, the mayor has told library officials how the borough does not have the cash take in 2010.Without municipal funding, Northvale's library would close its doors.CHRIS MONROE/SPECIAL For the RECORDWithout municipal funding, Northvale's library would close its doors."It's not the truth that unfortunately we cannot desire to give it to them," Mayor Paul Bazela said. "We lack it. And we don't own it to offer to oakley sunglasses uk them."Without municipal funding, the library must close, said Virginia Beckman, the library director.The library already has paid the past 8 weeks of bills and payroll from the surplus for the reason that borough has not yet issued a check mark for the first quarter, Beckman said.What's nextNorthvale library officials will hold a public meeting on March 24 at 7 p.m. to go over the possibility closure with residents. The library is at 116 Paris Ave.Library-lessThese Bergen County towns lack libraries:Alpine, Englewood Cliffs (contracts with Englewood for library services), Moonachie, Rockleigh, Saddle River, South Hackensack, Teterboro, Woodcliff Lake."If they aren't going to fund us, when our funds run out ?- the doors will be closed," she said. "There couldn't survive a library."Borough officials say that they are not singling out your library, and they possess a report on 19 areas to become cut before they can introduce a low cost that falls from the state-mandated 2 percent cap. The council is hoping to introduce an allowance which has Coach Sunglasses a $5.56 million tax levy on April 13."We basically cut funding in general to just about every department," Councilman Roy Sokoloski said. "We are speaking about eliminating a few of the street lights in town. Were conversing with United Water to view as we can reduce might know about buy fire hydrant services. ?- We are cutting police overtime. ?- Were shopping around you can to save cash and cut expenses."Council members talk about that the library is definitely an independent association library, not a municipal library. Municipal libraries must receive at least 33 cents for each $1,000 of assessed valuation using their towns. There is no minimum funding level for association libraries.The Bergen County Cooperative Library System necessitates the same minimal funding for almost any library being portion of its system, which gives patrons entry to over 10 million items and some of its 75 member libraries in Bergen, Passaic, Hudson and Essex counties.For Northvale, that threshold is $335,569 this season, the borough auditor said."Towns are kobe beats by dre choking on the BCCLS-required level of spending," Councilman Patrick Marana said. "It's not only in 2010. It has been many years. The escalation is enormous. The question everyone has to keep thinking about is the place much library services that a town using a population of 5,000 should be providing."The library received $337,000 last year coupled with to send back about $87,000 of the on the municipality for rental, utilities and other expenses, library officials said.They assert closing the library will hurt students, in particular those who attend the Northern Valley Regional Senior high school and will not have access to the same materials as his or her peers from other towns.Additionally, residents which use libraries in neighboring towns will have to buy memberships that might exclude them through the BCCLS system. Annual memberships can range from $100 in Norwood to beats by dr. dre studio headphones $450 in Upper Saddle River.Charlotte Gerstmayr, the library's program director plus a former president of the company's board, said she understands the constraints towns face."Maybe all people have to go look at the state to improve a few of their requirements ?a whether it be the cap, whether it is hawaii library funding tools ?a then again provide us with the opportunity to accomplish that," she said. "Don't close the library."Robert White, the executive director of BCCLS, said Tuesday that Northvale would be the first library to go out of BCCLS in the 24 years he's been with all the consortium.He explained the board will think about the Northvale Library's fate March 24.Patricia Tumulty, executive director with the state Library Association, said the situation in Northvale is why the business has encouraged establishment of municipal libraries.Pennsville Public Library in Salem County, another association library, is facing the same situation, she said.