Henrietta Library complete just under budget after late start

July 22, 2019 05:08 AM

HENRIETTA, N.Y. (WHEC) — The new $12.5 million library in the Town of Henrietta is complete and now open.

As News10NBC learned a few months ago, taxpayers could have saved nearly a million dollars had the project moved quicker following the referendum vote. 


The Town of Henrietta put the library project up for a public vote before it actually secured the land it planned to build on. So, when taxpayers overwhelmingly approved the referendum, the town wasn’t ready to put the project out to bid.  

When it finally was, the supply and planning prices had gone up.

“It didn't put us over budget, we're just a lot closer to the budget than expected," said Henrietta town supervisor Steve Schultz. "Hopefully, there won't be any overruns or unexpected bills and we finish things up."

While the land that the library was built on was donated, it was that donation that slowed things down. It was gifted before the mortgage on it was cleared.

“It's a shame we lost the benefit from that donation," said Schultz. "But ultimately, if we'd have acquired the land, we'd be at the exact same cost today.” 

In order to stay under budget, a few corners had to be cut on the finishing landscaping touches.

"We were able to get some donations for the planters at the entrance but otherwise we put down some sod, so we'll do more down the road with that potentially,” said Schultz.


Jennifer Lewke

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