Our View: Sugar Grove library question on primary ballot

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

For the 11th time, there will be a request for a tax rate increase for the Sugar Grove Public Library, as officials seek funds that would pay for improvements such as expanded operating hours, more materials and additional programs.

According to information provided by the library, the referendum would raise about $300,000 more in tax revenue. The owner of a $100,000 home would pay $25.64 more a year in taxes, according to officials.

For residents, the question likely will come down to what they expect out of their local library. Those who use the facility will notice the recent effort made to be open more days – now six days a week instead of five. The library is closed Fridays but open for six hours Saturdays and four hours Sundays.

After a difficult period, during which a longtime director was replaced, there has been more unity. And library officials say more people are using the facility, noting checkouts have increased 70 percent over a two-year period. A new coffee shop – Java Plus – opened last year.

But there are those who might be satisfied with the current level of service, or who might not use the library at all. For them, an increase of any kind would be unwelcome.

Those who want their voice heard on the matter are encouraged to vote on the referendum during the March 18 primary election.

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