SUGAR GROVE – After a resounding referendum defeat on March 18, Sugar Grove Public Library officials are regrouping.
“Of course, all of us are very disappointed,” library board member Bill Durrenberger said. “We are in the process right now of reviewing what do we do now. We have not made any decisions [about] where do we go from here. Everything is up in the air at this point in time.”
The district’s 11th rate increase request was defeated. There were 1,688 no votes and 691 yes votes, according to unofficial results posted on the county clerk’s website.
Library officials had warned the library would be faced with cuts if it did not get a rate increase. Durrenberger said the defeat was not unexpected.
“What does surprise me was the margin by which it got voted down, 69 percent,” Durrenberger said. “I think what the people are saying to us government servants, ‘We don’t want our taxes raised pretty much for anything.’ It’s not just with the library, but the public concern about real estate taxes, and that is what made our task so hard.”
Durrenberger said the margin of the loss hurt.
“That is the environment we are in. No one wants their taxes raised,” Durrenberger said. “That [the vote] was more than two no votes for every yes vote. That was a big disappointment to me.”
The Sugar Grove Public Library is operating on as small a budget as it possibly can living within its means and trying to keep the building open as much as possible, he said.
“We have done a good job, and a lot of people who recognize that still don’t want their taxes raised,” Durrenberger said. “It’s not anything we have done or haven’t done.”