Friday, June 12, 2009

Will Cedar Rapids Voters Pony Up?

Link to June 12 Cedar Rapids article, "Library board wants levy increase on November ballot".

Excerpt: The library levy is now 4 cents per $1,000 in property valuation, but the Cedar Rapids Public Library board voted 8-1 on Thursday to move toward placing a 23 cent tax increase on the ballot in November. The board is considering a tax with a 10-year sunset.

Federal Emergency Management Agency funding will help pay to restore what the library lost in the flood and to build a new library, but a new tax increase would go for library operating costs, particularly when a new library is completed in 2011, Board President Susan Corrigan said.

“We’ve got to get this certainty upfront before we get a new building,” Corrigan said. “Even pre-flood, we had the challenge of having enough dollars to adequately operate our library.”

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