Baseline Funding Legislation FAQ

District Council 37 and Locals 374, 1321, 1482 and 1930 are proposing baseline funding legislation that guarantees steady and adequate funding of libraries year to year and will allow staff to provide all the services, programs and materials our customers expect while ensuring we have a secure profession.

This is the proposed legislation:

Effective [date], a sum representing two and one-half percent (2.5%) of the real property tax levy assessed each fiscal year shall be dedicated to the operation and maintenance of the library systems.


What is baseline funding?

Why baseline funding legislation?

Has baselining been done in other cities?

Do any New York City agencies or organizations have baseline funding?

Why do we fight for library budgets every year and every year the library systems restore the cut?

Who came up with the idea baseline funding and why?

What is the property tax assessment?

What does our property tax pay for?

Will baseline funding take away tax funds from other places like schools?

Will this make my taxes go up?

How will library customers benefit from baseline funding?

Would the 2.5% cover the total operating costs of all three library systems?

Will baseline funding help save jobs?

Will baseline funding give the libraries enough money to hire more staff?

Will library budgets still go up and down, even though it is baselined?

According to New York City Council’s website, these are the steps of the legislative process:

Will the public vote on library funding issues?

Do the library administrations support the baseline funding legislation?

Do any of the mayoral candidates support the legislation?

How long could this legislation take to pass?

What Can We Do?