This year, the average homeowner paid $33.60, based on a library tax rate of 84 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation. If the proposed budget is approved by city voters on Tuesday, the library tax for homeowners will rise to $1 per $1,000. Commercial property owners would pay $2.07 per $1,000 assessed value, up from $1.74 per $1,000, Comptroller Penny Radel said.

The total tax levy proposed to be raised under the 2007 budget proposal is $506,774, which is up $81,596, or 19 percent, from the current year. The proposed budget itself totals $632,692.

Regardless of the outcome of Tuesday's vote, city property owners will see a second library charge on their tax bills in 2007. That charge is being assessed for a $1 million capital project bond that voters approved in 2005 to replace a failing roof at the library, a former elementary school building that dates to the 19th century.

Radel said that the average homeowner will pay $7 for that debt service in 2007, or 17.5 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. Commercial property owners will pay 36 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, she said.

The library will owe $88,589 in principal and interest on the debt service payment. The comptroller explained that amount includes two payments because one was not made by the library district this year.

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